No problem, Moparmike. We are all in this together.
I have a feeling hard shift into reverse is something a bit different - don't think is related to gearing, though.
1991 350 SDL (200K and she ain't bent, yet)
former 2002 E320 4Matic Wagon - good car
former 1985 300 CD - great car
former 1981 300 TD - good car
former 1972 280 SEL - not so good car
a couple of those diesel Rabbits ...40-45 mpg