buy a GT centre console (I can get you one from breakers yard), and the stick looks a damn site shorter (as most of stick is covered by console) and feels nicer too, even makes a nice noise with the bag wrinkling up!
Best interior mod you can do IMO, just looks better
You need a few screws, but really its just a replacement, that bolts in using handbrake bolts, then it kind of wedges itself in, but if you can find the screws, off a model that had the console, you can make it more secure
Cut about 1 and half 2 inches off, makes it look better, and no effect on changing gear
TBH even with the centre console installed it still seems very big compared to my dads astra etc.
I would like to cut it down but don't have the confidence to do it incase i get it wrong. I dread to think how high the gear stick is without the centre console. (picky with centre console; http://www.mattstephens.co.uk/car/int1.jpg)
Typical italian styling i guess, they like big things,
right, the thing to remember is that the standard knob will not go back on when you cut down the stick...
also ,there is a welded washer round the gear stick which is a nightmare if, like me you have a bit under the gearknob so the gaiter fits flush... i cut off about 10mm below the thin bit and It's difficult to fit the knob and shaft sleeve on.