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      05-30-2009, 07:48 PM   #23
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Can't pull the key off while in neutral tho...
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      05-31-2009, 02:17 AM   #24
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WTF! Are you serious? What's the keep it from rolling into another car?
Its the guys working in the parking that does the actual job. They make sure your doesn't get any scratches.

You guys wouldn't believe how many people that actually works in every place here. They help you park, the open your door, they help you with ur shopping bags, they push cars - all in the 24 hour heat. And if they're lucky, they get 50 cents tip.
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      05-31-2009, 08:41 AM   #25
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Shut off the engine. With key in and foot off the brake pedal, hit the Start/Stop button to turn on ignition only. Now you can shift to Neutral with engine off.
Yes, but after you put in Netural you can't get the key out So then what's the point

I sure won't leave the car unlocked with they key in the ignition. hehe..
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I think that if you turn the car off in P then hit the button to get all the electronics running again you can hit the brake and shift it into gear without the engine running, but I don't know if you can take the key out of the slot when that happens.
No, you can't remove the key..
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      05-31-2009, 08:45 AM   #27
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then pull ur key out first and start the car again to put it in N.

also, by holding the start/stop button for couple secs will shut the car off even in D
No, the engine won't shut unless its in P. I just tried.. A message in iDrive appears telling the same thing.
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      05-31-2009, 11:07 AM   #28
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Most automatic transmissions have a lock-bypass feature - a small hole somewhere in the console, you push something into this hole (like a conventional key, screwdriver, pen, etc.) which allows you to pull it out of park without the key being in the ignition.

I couldn't find any reference to this in the manual... maybe in the newer ones the lever on the console isn't physically attached to the transmission any more and it is all remote/fly-by-wire? How do they take these cars out of park to tow them (i.e. illegally parked) when the owner isn't there?
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Most cars (all?) with automatic transmissions have some physical button somewhere--usually hidden--that is a "parking lockout over-ride" feature.
For example, in the Toyotas (multiple) I used to drive, the button was hidden under a small piece of black plastic near the shift lever itself. You had to pry off the plastic cover, then you could push the button to allow you to change into Neutral.

EDIT: Wow, what dumb luck. Just looked up and saw PTinVT essentially said the same thing as me.
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I grew up in Bangkok before I came here. It's normal to park like that especially the college I went to undergrad degree (but I had manual tranny so I didn't have much problem. If you can drive in Bankok, you can drive everywhere.

You probably have to go to the dealer to remove the lock at selector lever but I doubt they will do it for you because they are afraid to void your warranty. They did that with e46 for first couple years after it came out.
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The only way to do this is just open the lid around the gear switch. There is a small "button" to the right, marked with red. Just push it, and now you can shift to any position.

I just had to do this, as I was installing the TVinMotion module.
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      08-26-2009, 08:49 AM   #33
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I leave it in gear all the time... Oh wait, y'all have steptragic, dontcha?
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One interesting thing about our cars is that even without CA, if the drivers door remains closed, you can turn off the car, pull out the key, hit the start button (within a few seconds), and it turns on without the key. In any gear if you hold the start/stop button it will shut off, including N, so what some others here have said should work fine.
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