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  • [Corsa D 2006-2014] 2010 Vauxhall Corsa D Automatic Gear Lever Stuck in Park

    Hi. I've had a 2010 Vauxhall Corsa D automatic since January. It was fine until a month ago when I suddenly couldn't move the gearstick out of Park. I looked at the manual, and made sure that I had my foot on the brake but it didn't help.

    After a bit of fiddling around, I was able to get it into Drive. But since then, it happens 8 times out of 10 when want to drive off.

    So far I've managed to eventually get it into Drive each time but it's frustrating and nerve wracking because I never know if I'll eventually get it to work and at some point, I suspect it won't budge and I'll be stranded.

    I called a local Vauxhall dealer and the mechanic said he'd "never heard" of the problem, which seems odd because from what I've seen online, this is not an uncommon issue with Vauxhall Corsas of that period--and Opels too. It seems to be related to poor soldering.

    Can someone recommend an independent mechanic in the London area who could fix the problem? I live in West London but I'm willing to travel a reasonable distance if someone can help. Thank you.

  • #2
    Welcome to the Forum.

    I can't give you an answer to the problem, but if you search locally for a Vauxhall SPECIALIST, they would no doubt have an answer.
    Specialists have all the necessary tools and equipment and are generally Vauxhall trained. Due to MUCH lower overheads, they are very much cheaper than Main Dealers.

    Regards

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    • #3
      Thank you for your suggestion. My mechanic ended up fixing it with a cable tie. This is one of the suggestions I found on YouTube.
      it's something to do with the solenoid. The cheap, flimsy plastic part which held the mechanism in place broke. It's really shameful that car manufacturers use a part that can't cost more than 25p to perform such an important function in a car that costs thousands of pounds.
      The cable tie is stronger than the plastic part. If I'd paid Vauxhall to fix it, it would have cost over £400 for them to replace the cheap 25p part with a replacement 25p cheap part.

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      • #4
        I have brought similar things up with manufacturers in the past, they (of course) take a different view to you or I.
        I well remember some years ago, suggesting that just two extra inches of wiring behind the dashboard would make life so much easier and would cost only pence.
        The reply was; "Multiply those two inches by the number of wires there, now multiply that by the number of cars we make each year, and you would see how that would eat into our profit margin"!

        Regards

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        • #5
          The all-important profit margin... I'm not surprised. Most changes made to cars by the manufacturers are because they have to meet safety requirements.

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