Transmission Shifter is Hard To Move on Mercury Montego

Binding of the shifter slider can make the transmission shifter difficult to move. Replacing the bezel should fix this problem.

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Average mileage: 103,810 (55,243–180,000)
3 model years affected: 2005, 2006, 2007
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Same problem with shifter get stuck when trying to move it out of the park position
2005 Mercury Montego 180,000 mi,
I had an issue where the shifter locked and the car would not come out of park. It was a blown fuse causing the car to lock the controls (acting lick anti-theft engaged but wasn't).
2005 Mercury Montego 55,243 mi,
My car was unable to come out of park even with the brake depressed. Dealer told me there was nothing wrong with it when they tried it. I had the service manager take the car home with hime for a few days and he stated the problem occured. I felt it was the solenoid in the console that unlocks the shifter out of park. he finaly chaned the solenid componet and so far no more problems sine 48,000 miles.