It Finally Happened
As we had been joking on another posting on shifting .
JoeS had mentioned he would probably be the first to wear out the shifter well...
I'm sad to say that I beat you to it Joe.
125,000 km, 77,600 miles of heavily using the shifter brought it on...
my first repair due to wearing something out.
1) I would get warning light lighting up after starting up and then shifting into D, making me think there was a much larger problem.
A restart and shift again would often make the problem disappear.
Things got worse
2) The shifter felt stiffer.
3) Warning light would sometimes light up when shifting through D, N, E, & B requiring a pull over & restart.
4) Finally, when placing the shifter into B mode, the indicator in the dash display would occasionally show it was in E mode.
Was about 200 for the shifter sensor unit, another that much for the dealer to install it & of course the taxes.
$ 446 total
I had taken 2 to present the problem to the Mitsubishi service department since this was happening intermittently. Here are the links for those interested.
The mechanic recognized this problem from other i Mievs he had serviced with about the same mileage & said the shift selector sensor needed to be changed.
So Far So good. The problem seems to be gone.