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Date registered: Apr 2012
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Thanks for the extra info. It is very clear what the problem is. The reason you couldn't get it out of park in the first place, was due to an electronic malfunction of the shifter control unit. Unfortunately, you never needed to force the shifter in the first place: there is actually an access point for a shift lock override release lever, located at the left rear of the shifter box, via an access panel on the wood trim cover. However, the damage has been done, and you will need to replace the shifter module. In the U.S., the cost is generally around $600. If you plan to perform the repair yourself, no programming is required, but be careful with the disconnecting & connecting of wire connectors & the release cable. Also, you will want to have the transmission in "Drive" before you begin (key off), and take note of the linkage rod adjustment I mentioned previously. The linkage rod is the only thing you need to access underneath of the car. Inside the cabin, replacement involves some wire connectors, the shift lock release cable, and four bolts. The most common cause of failure with these control units is when someone spills their drink in the area of the shifter, as the liquid creates a short circuit across the circuit board. My advice, to alleviate future problems with your new shifter, is to cover it with plastic (above the shifter, but below the wood panel) as much as possible. Sorry, I know it's expensive...
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