Mine was a pain to get off. I also had to use a pipe wrench.
It's only a pain to get off if you don't know to first loosen the lock nut inside the shift knob. Once the lock nut is backed off a half turn or so (it does not need to be removed), the knob easily spins right off with your hand.
As said above, access to the lock nut is by prying the plastic shift pattern plate out from the top of the knob.
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Have to agree with Jerry. Out of all the ones I've sold I have always told the buyer the proper way to get the factory knob off and have never heard any of them needing a pipe wrench once the nut on the top side was either removed or loosened.
I've been able to take two of them off by simple brute force on the shift knob. It also unscrewed the lock nut inside. Or, if you don't plan on saving the old shift knob, you can just break out the plastic center button with a punch, then back off the lock nut.