Not sure about 97's, but my 2003 is fastened to the floor with 3 bolts. Two in the back and one in the front. The bolts are located under the cupholders in both the front and back. I can't imagine that it's supposed to just sit there with no anchors.
Is it a 5 speed and does it have a lift? Sometimes lifts...especially body lifts result in the shift linkage moving back just enough that the shifter hits the console edge/shift boot when going into 2nd, 4th, and reverse and in order to fix it, the console must be shifted back a little bit and bolted down using new holes. Perhaps bolting it back down was a step that was skipped.
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