This might have been discussed here before, can't recall but worth mentioning, had a 2008 5 series BMW in, put the vehicle in drive and started to move forward and the vehicle jumped into park, this happened 4 times before the custimor got involved and said that has never happened before let me try and the same thing happened, she put the seat belt on and all was fine. So if the seat isn't on vehicle jumps into park.
I have done a lot of BMW's and never seen this, my question to everyone is can this feature be programmed to work or not work by the custimor or dealership?
I had this happen a few times with me, all the time that it had happened was because the hood was open. I believe its a safety feature on BMWs. Whenever I prepare testing or move a later model Bimmer around in the parking lot, I make sure all doors and hood are fully CLOSED.
A lot of the newer BMW will slam it into park, if you open the drivers door, when the vehicle is in motion. I suppose maybe there using the seatbelt on some of the models. I've personally never had a seatbelt do this.
I personally think there going over board with this safety crap, on the new cars. The stuff there putting on these new vehicles, is creating bad drivers. People are relying on this safety crap too much. And not paying attention to there driving, and the other people who have to use the road too.
Started on the e46 M3 SMG as I recall, we used to get phone calls from other techs around 5:30, couldn't get the car to start. Interesting that it was only on the SMG, they used to assume manual driver's were intelligent enough to deal with a loose hood on their own.