When did Ford start putting "shift locks" (for lack of a better term) on their manual transmission cars? How long did they carry this feature? For those unfamiliar with this feature, and I certainly was when I bought the car, you have to put the car in reverse to be able to turn the key to the "lock" position and pull it out. Conversely, you have to put the key in and turn it to "on" (or maybe it's accessory - I can't remember where the accessory position is) before you can take the car out of gear. I think I understand why they did this. I'm guessing it's to make you put the car in gear when you park so it's less to roll if you don't set the parking brake. It's a little annoying, but I'm sure I'll get used to it. It's probably a predecessor to having to step in on the clutch pedal in new cars in order to start them.