The console is held in by retaining clips. It will be easier to work on if you put the shifter into neutral. Put on the parking brake, and block the wheels first. There'* a clip that holds the shift **** on, around the front, toward the bottom. Remove that, and the shift ****.
Pull the tray that holds the cigarette lighter straight back, to remove that from the retainer clips. Then the console trim plate pulls straight up. Some of the retaining clips can be a bit stubborn, so it can take some force at times. Try to keep things as straight as you can so that you don't break off any of the tabs.
Black 2000 SSEi, Silverstar Headlights, Angel Eyes fogs, 3rd brake light overlay, hi-flo cat, drilled 180 degree thermostat, Intense FWI, PCM, shift kit, and 3.4 Pulley. Solid front mount.