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there is no feature that prevents you from driving with the door open, I do it all the time on new BMWs as it makes it easier to park against curbs without scuffing wheels.
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I am 100% positive that you can put a BMW from park to drive/reverse or from neutral to drive/reverse with the door open. On a left hand drive car it is the same in the US, you dont need to open the door to parallel park on the road, but you do in a parking lot when parking at the end of a row. The safety feature is allowing you to put the car in drive and drive off if a mugger opens the door, not preventing you from driving with the door open. Please do not forget to CLICK ON a positive rating.
I just walked out and did this on a 2016 X5 to triple check for you. It went easily into drive or reverse with the door wide open. I have done it on 5 and 3 series recently of the top of my head. Please do not forget to CLICK ON a positive rating.
I have never had a problem putting a car in gear with the door open. I am sure BMW UK will get to the bottom of the issue if there indeed is one. As the question has been answered, please kindly CLICK ON a positive rating to complete the question and to ensure I receive proper credit for my time and answer. thank you and good luck with your car.