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thank you do you know what this could be please
It sounds like it may be the selector position sensor, naturally with modern electronics its difficult to guess at these things but based on experience with these the selector position sensor is one of the most common problems on many auto gearboxes as well as these models and will cause this to happen, it could also be a solenoid within the gearbox.Ideally you need to get the car to a garage or mobile mechanic with a diagnostic system than can carry out a fault code scan, this will pinpoint the component that is causing this to happen, you can expect to pay around £20 - £40 for this depending on where you go, and up to £100 for a main dealer, but any good garage can do this.The position sensor isn't too expensive and reasonably simple to fix, the solenoids are a much bigger job but shouldn't need to remove the gearbox to do it which is good news.