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Actually the Shifter Interlock Lever needs replacing (MOPAR part #68088259AB). It's a little plastic piece that costs about $8.00 at the dealership. If you pop off the cover of the gear shifter, you can actually push in the plastic piece and shift out of park. Doesn't look like it'll be to hard to fix; part comes with a 11-step instruction sheet with pictures. I also have a 2005 300 with the same issue...
Check out this site for the part to fix the transmission end of the cable. Go to the rear end of the transmission on the driver' side (under the car/truck). Make sure to push the transmisssion lever toward the front of the car/truck (park position), the shifter should also be in park. Get the part, install is easy.
I just finished repairing my 2007 - 300 for the same issue. Pulled in the garage.. went to go out , and could not get the shifter out of park. Researched this issue online.. First step is to remove the right side plastic holder next to the shifter. There is a small hole that has a pink plastic piece. Push this in while moving the shift lever out of park. If the shift lever does not move, then the other "pink thingy" piece that is located inside the shifter box has most likely broken. There is a tiny spring that attachs to this pink piece ( probably a $0.50 piece of poorly engineered product ) that breaks off. See the following link on how to fix this problem. I drilled a small hole in the pink plastic piece where the small hook broke off.. then attached a cotter pin through the hole , and fastened the spring to that... should not have any further problems.. this link demonstrates how to remove the shifter box. The entire process took me roughly 2 hrs to complete... saved myself hundreds of repair dollars!!http://www.300cforums.com/forums/tech-tips-review/61876-tech-tip-review-park-lock-out-mechanism-installation.html
You don't need a shifter assembly. Inside your console is a small "pink" plastic lever that has a spring attached that locks the shifter in park. The small "pink" plastic piece where the spring is attached breaks off. Mine broke off at 45000 miles. Billet technologies makes a aluminum replacement for about $60.00 that won't wear out. The Chrysler forum has pictures and detailed instructions on the replacement procedure.
The front of the handle has a large "U" clip. Use a screw drive and pry the clip out. It's a lot easier to do when the shifter is pulled all the way back to "1" or "2" but is doable in park still. The handle will then pull up. There will be a plastic piece in it that pushes down to release the lock in the shifter assembly. If when you push the plastic piece down it doesn't release the lock you will have to remove the shifter cover and take a look inside, to see what broke. It may require replacing the whole shifter assembly. You should be able to find the complete assembly used for fairly cheap.
YES THE PART THAT IS BROKEN IS MOST LIKELY A WHITE PLASTIC PIECE THAT SITS INSIDE THE SHIFTER HOUSING, REMOVE THE SHIFTER HANDLE REMOVE THE WHITE PLASTIC PIECE WITH ALL THE ROUND BALLS ON IT (I KNOW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE YOU DONT HAVE TO SAY IT) AND LOOK DOWN THE HOUSING WITH A FLASHLIGHT IF YOU STILL SEE A PART OF THAT WHITE PLASTIC PIECE, THATS YOUR PROBLEM. YOU CAN EITHER REPL SHE SHIFTER LEVER P# 52078551AG OR SEARCH THE JUNK YARDS FOR THAT PART
The solution is that you must purchase the complete shift housing because it is all one piece and you can't just replace part of it.The dealer told me this is about $250.00 U.S. and it can be replaced by an intermediate skilled tinkerer. For right now I just live with the inconvenience as I can pretty much guess what gear Im in.