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none that I know of. At least in the US for many years, federal regs require that you can't go out of park without the ignition in the run position.
 

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But there should be a manual over ride of the Park lock. On my facelift car there's a flap just under the "D" on the gear selector. You insert an object like the end of a ball point pen in it and push down and that allows the gear selector to be taken out of Park. You would need this if you wanted to tow the car with, say, a dead battery.

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none that I know of. At least in the US for many years, federal regs require that you can't go out of park without the ignition in the run position.
...except you can. As the post above mine says.

OP...is your car a pre or post facelift?
 

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...except you can. As the post above mine says.

OP...is your car a pre or post facelift?
mines a pre facelift. haven't looked to see if this would work.

but you can tow it in park, just lift the rear off the ground. which you should do anyway since you shouldn't tow the car with the rear wheels on the ground since it won't drive the transmission pump.
 

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Look at the 2:25 mark. It shows how the shifter release works, so you might be able to do it by removing the center console trim and manually pushing it in.
 

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pen trick on pre facelift

EDIT: sorry this is facelift. I'm still looking on the pre facelift pen trick.
Did some looking on my pre facelift 97E420 and my 97SL500. pen trick isn't obvious. at minimum would need to remove the plastic trim, which of course is easy.
 

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I think the only method is to put the rear wheels on dollies and push assuming the front wheels are pointed in the right direction. If you know someone who has a wrecker, he might stop by after work to make a few bucks on the side.
 

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Did you see the video? GIven how easy it is to pull off the center console trim piece, i dont think doing the pen trick with a pre factlift is any more difficult.

I will try this with the E300TD tonight.
 

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I had trouble getting the video to run but I was responding based on the users request for an easy way. While removing the console trim is pretty easy, removing the shifter control unit is more work.
 

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No you don't remove the shifter at all. At least that's what I understand in the video.
 

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I went to Youtube to view the video. As you say there is a latch which might be able to be moved to release the lock but since its electrically activated you may need to disconnect the battery. Also, accessing it with the shifter in place will be more difficult.

Since you've tried it by now on your 300TD did it work? Was it easy? Maybe you should do a write-up for a sticky.
 

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I tried. The little latch is covered by this plastic trim. There was a small gap in the plastic trim, and when I pushed it in, it gave a little.

Problem is, I did not feel that little latch actuating when I the key and pressed the brakes.

Maybe it is inside the shifter, I don't know. I stand corrected.
 
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