This is not normal on the MR, nor is it normal on any Evo. The only normal grind is the 5th gear syncro on 03-04s, but I haven't seen anyone complain about 3rd gear. I have 6500 miles on my MR with lots of spirited driving and 20 drag strip passes where I shifted into 3rd ~7300rpm as fast as possible, so I would say you should have no 3rd gear grind. Definitely take it in like you're doing and do not easily back down, because it sounds like you do need to get something fixed. The only other possibility I can think of is that you may let out the clutch before getting it in gear, but I think you'd know if it was your driving causing the grind.k2big88 said:i recently bought a an evo mr. the thing is there is a slight grind when i put it into 3rd at a high rpm. if i shift and push the clutch in fully the grind is not there, but any thing quick and there is the grind. i've read on other threads that has happened with other evos, and i've already scheduled to have the car looked at, by a dealership. am i close to the diagnosis?