Able to Shift out of Park W/out my foot on the Brake
I'm pretty sure this is not normal.
The other day, I was in the garage cleaning the dashboard sitting in the passenger seat. I just happened to be flipping through the manual and came to section 7 (Maintenance Schedule). I found the "Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control System Check" test.
To make a long story short, I tried to move the shifter lever without having my foot on the brake assuming that it would not move out of park. I'm grateful that the car was on a level surface because to my surprise (remember, I was sitting in the passenger seat when I did this), the shift lever moved out of park to reverse.
I shifted back into park, and then got into the driver's seat and started the car. With the engine now running, I once again attempted to shift into reverse without my foot on the brake pedal. Once again, I was able to do it after a few attempts.
According the manual, this requires a trip to the dealer. Any thoughts on what this might cost to fix?