2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test


2012 BMW X3: Shortcut?

November 13, 2012

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Every now and then it happens. I think I'm driving a car with a manual transmission when it's not and I inadvertently shut off the car when it's in drive. This usually doesn't cause a problem, but rarely does it cure one.

The problem: BMW's odd gear selector that feels like an electric razor. I've never been a fan, and I'd prefer to use it as little as possible. When I mistakenly shut off our X3 while it was still in gear, it automatically put it in park. Sweet! That's one less action I have to undertake with the shifter. I still need to do a little research to make sure it doesn't hurt anything, but my guess is no, it doesn't.

Sometimes, it's the little victories you have to savor.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 19,126 miles

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