I live in Thailand and have just purchased an X3 with the Steptronic
auto transmission. Parking in lots and garages in Bangkok require you
to leave the car in neutral in certain areas so that it can be
manually moved. How do I park the car in neutral? The BMW salesperson
says it can't be done! But I think that it is not possible to sell
such a car here, so there must be a way. Can someone help?
In the States, the car must be in Park to remove the key, so your
requirement would be impossible to meet. If your car can meet the
requirement, then all you have to do is shut the engine off and take the key
out while the transmission selector is in N. If you can do this, then you
are okay, if you can't do it (we can not do it in the States) then you can't
do it and there is no way around it that I know of.
I have never heard of a requirement as you stated.
Just pull the lock out and remove the linkage so the key can be
removed with the prindle in any position. It's a major pain to
get the thing apart, but once it's apart it should be an easy job.
Of course, anybody wanting to move the car will still have to
contend with the steering wheel lock.
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
I do not think that is possible. The barrel and tumblers define the
locations where the key can be removed, and as far as I know there is only
one location where this can be accomplished. To remove the key in any other
location would require a worn out lockset, or a lockset that was
specifically designed to allow the key to be removed in a postion other than
My '81 Jeep has a worn lockset, and I can remove the key at any time, and
unless the ignition is set to the LOCK position, I can operate it without a
key. But, my beater Jeep is not designed that way, it has survived 27 years
of abuse and this is just one of the systems that is worn out.
Given the safety and security of a BMW lockset, I doubt that any BMW will
ever have a lockset that works as the one in my Jeep. And I seriously doubt
that the OP has the need he has stated.
Just curious, how does it work? I mean, how do they move it? Do you leave
them the key? I'm guessing no, since then they could just put it in neutral
on their own. But if you leave them no key, how much of a movement can
there be? They just push it front/back? Obviously they can't steer and if
the car is locked, they can't brake either.
What will hold the car in place if it is left unattended in Neutral and
without the Parking Brake set?
I'm damn near certain that there is no Offical Mandate on the part of any
government anywhere to leave unattended automobiles in neutral and without
setting the parking brake. If anybody has evidence to the contrary, please
post a citation ...
In general, parking spaces are insufficient in most locations.
Therefore, all lots allow additional cars to park perpendicularly in
front of the cars already in their stalls. These additional cars must
be in neutral so that the parking lot attendant can push them (foward
or backwards only) to let cars out of the stalls. All garages have
level floors so there is no need to use the e-brake or put in Park.
It's just the way it is here and you usually wind up parking in the
perpendicular position at least 50% of the time. So the car must be
able to be pushed. I had a 318 previously with the same transmission
and I don't remember this being a problem. I think BMW has changed the
transmission. The X3 is a built-up car, i.e. the parts are shipped in
and then it is assembled in Thailand. Parking like this is such a
common practice here that you do not think to ask if a car can do it!
You just assume it!
Used to be done by an interlock bowden cable directly from the lock barrel
to the gear lever. Don't know if this is still the case.
Is it an unofficial import? If not and this is is common practice in
Thailand, what does the Thai distributor have to say?
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