check the linkage where it hooks to the side of the transmission. The cable snaps onto a ball on a lever on the side of the trans, and they are known to wear and get "sloppy" and to pop off of the ball. If it's the case, you can manually move the lever under the truck to match the cable and "pop" it back on. It will, however, eventually pop off again, so you would need to get the cable looked at/replaced. It could have done the same thing in the center console, but it's not as likely as under the truck (for obvious reasons)94,440 miles (bought new in 2003).
But just today my automatic shifter slipped out of gear while trying to reverse and it would not go back into any gear. I was able to put it back at the park position, but the transmission stayed in drive. So I took the key out, then my shifter locked in the park position, and would not unlock again (even with both the ignition switch turned to the unlock/on position and the brake pedal depressed). Now I can't start the car because the transmission is in drive, but the shifter is locked in park. I don't know......Murphy's Law I guess????
2002 TBL here. 324,000 Miles. Bought it with 40K miles.Trying to justify the new tranny in my 04 TB, with 240k miles ... looking around the internet i see quite a few still on the road at 200 - 300k.
How many miles does your TB have and what major repairs have you had to do?
This one, before this transmission rebuild, has only wanted ware parts, nothing else major. Best rig I've ever owned, from a maintenance perspective.
FYI ... complete rebuild with torque converter and upgraded parts cost me shy $3k.