Thanks to Steve Anderton (who supplied the photo's) and Charlie
Bruder (who wrote the copy), here are all the details you
require to remove the Soarer centre console.
Firstly, put the gear selector into 'N'. This will require you
to press the small red button next to the gear selector so that
you can move the gear out of park with the ignition off. Now you
know what that button's for. Don't forget to make sure the
handbrake's on. Then slide down the plastic sleeve at the bottom
of the gear stick, and undo the two screws, it should then pull
Then you need to remove the black plastic gear selector panel,
to do this you need to unclip 4 clips, in each corner of this
panel. This can be fiddly first time round, but once you've done
it you'll be popping it in and out no worries. Retain the felt
pads around the clips and be sure to replace them properly
afterwards for a rattle-free future.
Then unclip the block connectors for the lights and switches.
You might find a Japanese coin down inside somewhere, both
myself and Iain did!!
Open the fliptop cupholder at the rear of the assembly and pull
the whole thing upwards. It should come out with a bit of
persuasion. You will now see six screws on the lower section
which hold the entire surround in place. Undo these and you
should now be able to lift the surround up and towards the
front. There are more connectors to watch out for at top of the
surround, next to the aircon/stereo unit. These will also have
to be disconnected if you want to remove the surround entirely.
The aircon headunit/stereo all comes out in one cage by undoing
4 screws. If you are going to atttempt to drive the car with the
centre console out, leave the centre block of the aircon
connected, otherwise this affects the ECU. Also, if you leave
the hazard warning light switch disconnected, the indicators
will not operate.
Needless to say, putting it all back together is the reversal of
removal. Care should be taken to ensure that you don't drop any
of the screws down inside the gearbox housing, or behind the air