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I'm almost 100% sure that it is a Shit Lock Over Ride so even without the key in the ignition turned to "unlock" the transmission, you can push down on that and shift the transmission.

This is a great feature cause if your vehicle loses power, you may not be able to shift it, this can be a problem when you want to tow your vehicle and the tow truck operator needs to put the vehicle in Neutral to do so.
 

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I'm almost 100% sure that it is a Shit Lock Over Ride so even without the key in the ignition turned to "unlock" the transmission, you can push down on that and shift the transmission.

This is a great feature cause if your vehicle loses power, you may not be able to shift it, this can be a problem when you want to tow your vehicle and the tow truck operator needs to put the vehicle in Neutral to do so.
That is what I was thinking as well.

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Automatic 2.0 Base ILX. To the right of the gear shifter. What purpose does it serve?

That is the shift lock override and it looks as if the tech that did your PDI (pre-delivery inspection) didn't replace the cover that's suppose to be their that rj8xj6 posted.

I bet if you let your dealer know they'll give it to you for free.
 

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Thank you to rj8xj6 and AcuraPWR for clearing that up guys! :punk:

OP, let us know what the dealer offers as a remedy!
Everything I said may not be on point, but it's just the most realistic situation i can think of.


If it was actually missed during a PDI, I wonder what else is "missing" OP might want to take a better look at his/her car
 

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I checked several 2.0's at the dealership yesterday. They ALL had the cover in place. Clearly standard issue.

Funny, though, the one at the LA Auto Show was missing the cover - just a piece of clear tape covering the opening as in Arctic's photo. Perhaps an enthusiastic Auto Show attendee?
 

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I'm almost 100% sure that it is a Shit Lock Over Ride so even without the key in the ignition turned to "unlock" the transmission, you can push down on that and shift the transmission.

This is a great feature cause if your vehicle loses power, you may not be able to shift it, this can be a problem when you want to tow your vehicle and the tow truck operator needs to put the vehicle in Neutral to do so.
If you stick your key in there it unlocks 25 more extra horsepower.

Nah just kids, ILX FAN is correct lol
 
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