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Should I be able to shift car out of park without turning key on? I just noticed I can freely move shifter out of park all the time. Car is new to me and although I have had a couple other similar era Mercedes, I don't remember how they worked.
 

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Should I be able to shift car out of park without turning key on?
Simple answer, "No". You should have to turn the key to "on" and press the brake pedal.
 

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Any ideas on what could be wrong? Is it an electric type of lock or a physical type?
 

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Can't in my '91, can in my '84. Not sure when exactly they implemented this, or what it entails. I've never looked into it. It's nice to be able to just shift the car into N without the key and push it around the shop as needed if I don't wanna grab the key. The '91 is a different story.
 
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😂😂😂😂 The answer is yes you should be able to do that in an ‘88. You can shift the transmission at any time, regardless whether there is a key or not.

Why am I laughing? Because it took a while, but I noticed the same thing in my 1989 300SE. And I freaked out. And posted the same question.
 

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Thanks for the info. I just thought it was kind of weird.
 

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It definitely freaked me out. Big time. Particularly since I had transmission problems the first day I owned mine
 

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Wow! I though they implemented it a lot earlier! Sorry for the bad intel. At least no one died...
 
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