That's what I thought about doing, cutting a sectin out but there is no way that was the intended way of making this work. Had to destroy my old cable to get the old one off and it simpily won't fit over either end. Suppose I could have drilled the hole bigger but if this is a problem in the manufacturing of the part I didn't want to just let it slide for future buyers.
Rock auto got back with me quickly and is taking care of the issue. Great to deal with a company that cares.
Part was $8.69 IIRC. You'll find it in the "interior" part of the catalog for our cars. If you need a part number I'll try to find one for you later.