I just got a used 2005 Chevy Malibu Classic. The automatic gear shift lever is between the seats.
On my 1st night drive, I noticed that there is no gear shift illumination, nor any indicator on the dash that tells you if you are in PRND.
I called the service manager, who just happens to be my daughter’s father in law, he said to bring it in–a light was probably out–and they’d fix it.
Took the car in. They looked at it and couldn’t find any light (on the gear shift pad) to replace! He then looked at it himself and couldn’t find one either. The conclusion is the 2005 Chevy Malibu has no gear shift illumination for night time driving.
I’ve never run into this on a “modern” car. If it is true, I am astounded. It seems to me to be a very poor design, maybe even a safety hazard. Why would they cut such a corner and not show what gear the car is in–leaving you in the dark, so to speak?
Can I get a definitive yes/no that this car does not have an illuminated automatic transmission gear indicator of any sort for night driving? Or is there something that may have been missed? The service manager was as surprised as me that it is this way.