I understand your unwillingness to do anything drastic to your dash. But my suggestion to you, as I'm sure many others would suggest, is just to hit your local junkyard and get a replacement piece for that center part of your dash. I assume that your MP3 has a similar interior to most of the later Mazda Proteges. And, since most people I know with "sport compacts" drive like ****tards, you have a pretty good chance of finding a smashed up Protoge in a junkyard. So, save yourself some headache and buy a replacement to play around with.