I know this is an old thread, but I felt compelled to add to it rather than start a new thread for context.
Nowhere did I see two torx screws under the ashtray insert, nor did my center console piece flip back toward the armrest/CD holder). Once the shifter **** came off, it was nearly impossible to remove the front two 10mm nuts at the front of the shifter, but I got them. With the center console unit not able to be removed, I had to find the wire and bulb housing and remove it blindly - not that difficult, but the unit as a whole was much easier to remove than reassemble. If there is a way to remove the center console piece that covers the shifter, please add