Date Added: Sunday 17 May, 2009
Got this on the recent special offer - worth every penny even at full price. Really easy job (if you can wade through the sea of potential innuendo involved), only real pitfall is making sure you've put the nylon/metal washer back on the gearstick before installing the lower boot. I realised *before* it was too late. Oh, and make a note of which way the bend in the gearstick goes before you remove it.
My '98 with 74k had two completely shot boots, and I extracted about 30ml of black, sludgey oil from the turret. The gearshift is noticeably improved - less notchy going into 3rd in particular. However, what I can't get over is how much quieter the car is on the road. Perhaps not so surprising given that once the centre console was off, I could see the road through what was left of the upper boot! Having also put some lithium grease on the clutch release fork (where the slave cylinder operates against it), which cured the annoying squeak I had when the clutch was up, driving with the roof up is now far more pleasant.
As others have said, it's 5 screws to get the console off, definitely worth spending the 5 minutes to check what state the boots are in.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]