Thanks for the welcome and the advice guys. Don't get me wrong here but no matter how big a Ford fan I may be (I have driven Mondeos for the past 8 years with no gear problems) - I can't help feeling a little depressed and cheated after spending the best part of £15k on a car that regularly doesn't go into reverse properly!? :( Why the dealer changed a perfectly good new clutch I do not know. Does the grinding do any damage because I don't want to be forking out for a new gearbox in a few years time? It sounds horrendous - you should see the looks of horror from bystanders who think you don't know how to drive (and I've been driving 21 years in dozens of other cars without experiencing this problem!). It's particulary bad if you have the sound system on as you can then hardly hear it inside, it feels in reverse and is moving slowly but you soon know its grinding from the startled looks from people wincing nearby! I'll try the 5 second workaround to see if this works but this is a major downer on what is otherwise an excellent car.