Alfa 156 2.5 V6 reverse gear
I'm having some trouble with the reverse gear on my Alfa. I bought it as a 10 year old car and the problem is there since that day, more or less, so I really don't know if it is something that is more or less normal or if it could signal a problem.
Anyway, the thing is that sometimes when I try to put it into reverse gear, the gear stick does enter a position that's more or less where the reverse should be, except that the car stands still and makes a crunching noise. Basically it seems like the gears didn't get all the way to where they should. It usually does that when I push it into gear gently, if I push it hard and firm, it always hits the gear right. As for the switching itself, it isn't hard or jumpy at all.
Now, I did drive an old Zastava 101 (Fiat 128 copy), which had a similar problem from the moment it was out of the factory and it didn't really cause any long term problems aside from being somewhat annoying. So I'm just wondering if it's something that Italian gearboxes like to do, or if it's an issue that will need to be checked upon?