I've got a strange problem and need your knowledge and expertise. I have a 1993 325i automatic and it's locked in the park position lol. This isn't good as it's my only vehicle and what I rely on to get to work and school. I can start the car without a problem but it will not shift out of Park. It's totally locking up for some reason. I found that if I just turn the key half way(not starting the engine) it frees the gear shift. So with that in mind, I put it in neutral and started the engine, only to find that it was then locked in neutral.
This started last night as I was trying to leave to go out. I spent the better part of the morning yesterday at BMW of Sterling here in Virginia. Great people there btw. I took it in to have the lower windsheild cowl replaced but they noticed 3 recall items that needed addressing and were cool enough to do that work while I was there.
I had no problems afterward and made many stops after leaving the dealer in the afternoon.
I'm out of ideas. BMW service are closed today(Sunday) so if I can't figure it out I'll have it towed tomorrow and catch a cab I guess. I've confirmed that my brake lights don't come on when applying the breaks. Not good. Checked the fuse and it was ok. Good.
One of the recall jobs involved replacing a switch relating to the brake lights. FP number 61-31-8-360-417?. The old switch supposedly had been known to cause some problems with disengaging the cruise control if I remember correctly. Apparently the new switch is causing different problems.. at least in this case. <_<
Anybody experienced this or know if there is a quick fix?