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Hey all.

Run into a snag of sorts attempting to remove my center console bezel.

Where the ashtray should be there is a plate that so far I have been unable to pry out and I'm a tad scared of breaking something serious. See Pic.

Question: Anybody else run across something like this? Anybody else every remove their bezel with something like this?

Thanks.

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Hate to answer my own post, but...

After fiddling a tad more it appears a little lift and pull from bottom disengages clips ONLY.
(All the videos on YouTube, et al, show a screw behind the ashtray that must be removed.

All, please disregard and if anybody else has similar problem (viwing the intrnet for ideas first), keep fiddling...the internet is not always correct (shocking I know!!)

Cheers!
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So there's no screw?
sort of true John.... the big bezel comes off by prying off the top cowl piece that is held in by clips, then removing the screws on top of the big bezel that are under the top cowl piece , and then it pulls off from the clips on the sides and bottom. The "dummy ashtray" plate is screwed on and comes off after the big bezel is off.
 

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Photo would be nice to determine what is bezel and what is cowl. I am having a hard time picturing it in my mind.
 

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Mine is an '04 and there is no screw (I don't think I have an ashtray - lol - maybe we all do, i just don't use it). mp
 
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OK... here ya go. When I referred to the "cowl" piece in my earlier post, it is the long piece on top of the dash the defrost vents are in... just pry it off gently.

Here's the rest....
Two screws holding on the center bezel, four screws holding on the accessory switch bezel (that also has that "dummy ashtray" thing).
 

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I see you have it figured out, but I wanted to add some info for anyone looking through.

When removing the top dash panel, I've found it easier and safer to approach from the far left or far right side, lifting up until the first clip releases. When you get the point where the next clip/s to remove are around the defrost vent, you're less likely to snap that brittle area if you approach the clip directly.

There is one clip that is located dead center of the thin, rear piece, and one located dead center of the wider front piece. Prying upward from the left or right when you get to those two clips may stress the area too much and snap it. Those top trim pieces are pretty dang expensive too, $100+ appears to be the most common price.

The other thing I wanted to mention was for the large, black bezel. After the top cover is removed, and the screws hidden under it are removed, I've found it easier to just grip the edge of the bezel's tray (where we stick our sunglasses, etc.) and give it a good, quick pull/snatch. From there, the rest will be self explanatory and down hill from there. I don't like using tools to pry from that bezel's edges unless it's a specialized plastic tool for the job.
 
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