I have a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4Cyl 1.8L Wagon with a manual transmission.
I had my clutch replaced about a year ago. A couple months ago, it started having intermittent problems getting out of reverse. It never has any problems getting into or out of any other gears.
I'm thinking it's not a problem with the shifter itself, it feels deeper than that - the two ways I can get it out of reverse are to pull really hard (what my wife does) or finesse the clutch pedal to engage ever-so-slightly while I ease the shifter out of gear (what I do). (Either of these methods less damaging than the other?)
I brought it to the original mechanic a couple weeks ago and they didn't see anything wrong, so I'm going to have to get a better understanding of this myself if I want to narrow it down.