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Shifter knob?? hi having a really hard time trying to get my shifter knob off my 2003 gti.. can anyone help?

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Yes I can. Lift the bottom boot area (the plastic trim) from the front first. Lift the boot up over the knob. The knob is attached with a clip that you have to cut. Once that's removed the boot and knob come off as an assembly.

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