You need to remove the Console to remove the shifter:-----
How to Replace Your Shifter Housing:--------
The shifter housing on a 1995 Volkswagen Jetta contains the shift linkage for the manual transmission. This assembly guides the linkage from the dashboard into the box that holds the shifter. If yours wears out, it might become difficult to shift into gears. To fix the issue, remove the old shifter housing from the dashboard, then install a replacement in the console.