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Originally Posted by symon View Post
My BMW (DCT) has the same.

You do get used to it.
I don't doubt it, bud. I just don't like it, Symon. I understand that you get used to it, but if you're in a manual car in first gear, your lever is in first (not N) or if you're in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th, that's where the lever is. In an auto (a configuration that can befuddle a few) I don't think the direction of travel should be micro-switched to it while the lever remains in N/P.

I just think that when it comes to the fundamentals of travel, the lever should always be at the position of intended direction and not in N/P.

I've mentioned before that I spend a lot of time as a passenger in new-era Merc taxis, and I've observed that the drivers are still dithering with this stalk; when parking, setting off and selecting PRDN (and chuck in that anachronism of the foot-operated handbrake that MB still persists with, 60 years after everyone else binned it)

It'll be interesting to see how this autobox gear selection model pans out.

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