The center stack bezel is very easy to remove. On mine, which is slightly different than 99-00 cars, you remove the shifter bezel first by simply unsnapping it, then just unsnap the center stack bezel. Whole thing takes about 20 seconds and the only tool you need is a flat screwdriver to pry up a ltlle on the shifter bezel.
+1 to getting a Haynes manual, and if all else fails go on autozone.com and they have a pretty decent free online manual.
2001 GT Convertible
8 cylinders, 5 gears, red.
6 cylinders, 3 gears, also red.
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