Join Date: Jan 2005
My Ride: 89GTC,85LancerES
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YES it is very retarted. Figured it out by trial and error. If you try and remove the key with it not being fully in park the key does not come out, pretty standard stuff there.
Here is the clincher, on this car it will permanently lock the safety interlock, the cable with the solenoid in it that runs between the shifter and steering column.
So your key is stuck in the ignition and anybody can now drive off with your car.
This is what I did to "fix" it. Turned the key as far to the off position as it would go, then pressed and held the odometer button while turning the key to the on position and let the computer go through the self diagnostic routine, closed the door and then the key magically released.
What a POS design that is. Hence the reason I sold all my late model stuff and replaced it with "old junk", IE no computers taking my keys hostage or tring to out think me.