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Hey Everyone,

This is most likely a very stupid question. I was just wondering why some cars (especially luxury cars) have their Automatic Gear Selector in a "zig-zag" pattern . . .

Thanks!
 

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Hey Everyone,

This is most likely a very stupid question. I was just wondering why some cars (especially luxury cars) have their Automatic Gear Selector in a "zig-zag" pattern . . .

Thanks!
Its so you can find your gear without looking. It also stops you from making silly gear changes by mistake.
You will quickly get used to the unique layout.
 

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Does the gear selector even have a button? How does it know that you want to change your ...

Does the gear selector even have a button? How does it know that you want to change your selection?

I have obviously never driven a car with a gear selector such as this before [:I]
 

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Re: Does the gear selector even have a button? How does it know that you want to change your

Does the gear selector even have a button? How does it know that you want to change your selection?

I have obviously never driven a car with a gear selector such as this before [:I]
there is no button, its spring loaded to keep it to the left, so if you wanted to shift to a gear that is more to the right, you will have to physically move it there - this, like a lock button, stops you making silly gear changes as well.
 
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