I have a 2005 PT Cruiser that I bought used about 4 years ago. (http://www.leucht.com/blog/2009/06/kurts-new-car-pt-cruiser/) The manual 5-speed shifter was fairly loose compared to any of my previous vehicles, but it seemed to work fine so I didn’t worry about it. Over the past couple years I feel like the shifter has been getting looser over time, so I knew that something was going to give someday. Then suddenly I could not get it to go into reverse.
My brother in law pointed me to a website, http://www.boogerracing.com/ where they sell transmission bushings called Booger Bushings that were advertised to fix me right up. A set of replacement bushings cost only $22, including shipping. According to the website, these bushings are “injection molded polyurethane with a proprietary molded-in lubricant”. They claim to be significantly stiffer than the stock bushings but are not a “solid” bushing. Before I bought these on the Internet, I checked with my local auto parts store and they did not sell the bushings separately from the shifter cables, which ran a couple hundred bucks.