**Edited for clarity**
I was planning this go the route of heim joints and modifying the arms to remove the balls and use bolts rather than spend $230 on the shifter assembly but my transmission started slipping out of third gear so I decided to avoid Chrysler of Canada denying a warranty repair on the grounds that I put an aftermarket part onto the tranny. Here's some pics of the pathetic bushings:
Seriously. This is completely unacceptable. I also think that installation was to blame, after removing it from the ball joint, the bushing housing's relaxed position was 90-degrees to what it should be, which is to say the bushing should have been threaded an extra 90-degrees on the rod. This put an inordinate amount of stress on the rubber and once it heated/cooled a few times in that spot it finally sh!t the bed. God I can't wait to sell this car.