I have the same issue and purchased a new shift lever before removing the original. The wiring is short and in my case the plug the the shift lever wiring plugs into is damaged. I went to remove the new lever but I'm not strong enough it appears. When manual is selected the position on the console does not change color and thus using the switches has not input. I wished I could change or limit the transmission gear at times when hill climbing or on steep descends but unless or until I remove the stick and repair the wiring that won't be happening.