New style gear lever has been replaced four times on my wife's X5 4.8, four different parts numbers as it was constantly being updated by BMW.
We had major issues with the car upon delivery, but thankfully after the forth replacement everything seems o.k. No more throwing itself into park after selecting drive or reverse.
Definitely takes a little getting used to. My 335i is stick, Excursion has column shift lever, so the X5 screws me up every time I drive it. A couple of times I have put it in reverse thinking it was park.
Despite my bitching I still think the new style gear lever is a step forward.
'08 E92 M3 - 6MT, AW, Black Novillo, Carbon Leather, Executive, MDrive, EDC, 19"
Retired '07 E92 335i - 6MT, Sapphire Black, Saddle, Sport, Premium