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sprintshift jumps out of first gear

Hi everyone from a delightful part of the world - Tasmania, Australia. I am a 70 year old retired film and video editor and new to this forum. I have bought an ex ambulance 2001 316 cdi Sprinter which jumps out of first gear intermittently but almost always after reversing. Otherwise it is a very good vehicle. It has travelled 210,000 Ks and I intend to use it as a camper van.
I am mechanically and electrically minded and suspect a faulty relay or
a worn selector dog or such part in the gearbox. I have read some horror posts but would really appreciate hearing from anyone with knowledge or experience of this fault.
Local MB dealer suggests a new pump unit at around $4000 but as all the other gears perform perfectly I doubt their diagnosis. Another MB dealer
suggested replacing the entire clutch system at similar cost is the answer
but as all other gears are fine and on tour performance is faultless I doubt that as well.
I understand U.K. owners have purchased an exchange gearbox. Is anyone aware of same in Australia?
Thanks in anticipation,
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