Phil,No, this is really an error. When putting the selector in "D" it jumps back to "P". You need to put the selector in "D" or "R" and step on it right away or the car won't move. It also displays the error message right away.
I tested the advice I've seen in some places but that did not help:
I remember from Bjorn Nyland's 1000 km challenge he had trouble charging the car and needed to detach the 12 Volt battery. That is why I tried charging.
- Close the car and leave it closed for 5 minutes.
- Detach the 12V battery and leave it there for 5 minutes. Using the red fast clamp on the positive battery pin.
- Reconnect the fast clamp to the battery: that went with a significant spark.
- Leave the car for a minute.
- Turn on the car ("start the "engine"")
- The car gave the error right away and was immobilized. That is worse than before we started this test. It was sitting on the driveway dead as a door nail.
- Close the car and leave it on the driveway for 15 minutes.
- "Start the engine". Now the car was behaving as before this test. Luckily. It moved again.
- I tested if it could take a charge. Because if that didn't work, there was enough juice to get it to the workshop and then it would be dead. Luckily it charged.
I seen you had the exact issues I’ve been having with my Corsa E where the car jumps back into P if you don’t drive off immediately and showing electric traction fault error message.
Did you ever get a solution?
Arnold Clark have been less than helpful and I’m not sure my car is safe to drive, I rely on this heavily for family and work matters.