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    Default Insignia, better than the Passat

    Just thought I'd put this in if anyone's interested. My Vectra was recently in a rear shunt. The courtesy car given to me was an Insignia SRI estate. A week later they swapped it for a VW Passat. In my opinion the Insignia was a much better car all round, actually, in every way. Both cars were new. My only gripe was that stupid handbrake!

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    The Insignia was better on fuel.

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    Got the electric handbrake in mine - you get used to it mate, it just makes driving other cars a bit of a nightmare when it doesn't self-release on driving off...

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    I have a normal handbrake

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    This VW quality thing is just a myth. My old Bora was no better inside than the missus Focus of a similar age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmac View Post
    I have a normal handbrake
    Shall we start a poll...?

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    I just found, especially in reverse, it was easy to stall unless you gave it some welly! A nice car though, and looks so much nicer than the VW

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    Ah yes, the VW didn't self release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croxley View Post
    Ah yes, the VW didn't self release.
    We have a Passat as a company car and that self releases?

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    I have the electric handbrake on my Grand Scenic Megane and when you stop the car with the stop / start button , the handbrake automatically goes on .

    I worry that when i come back to a Vectra that i will forget to pull the handbrake , after being used to the auto brake and i see the Vectra rolling down the road .

    Luckily ... i normally park in gear .

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    Quote Originally Posted by HITFACTORY1403 View Post
    Luckily ... i normally park in gear .
    It's stupid not to - no matter what I tell my girlfriend she refuses to do it as her handbrake has never failed. Apparently 'you shouldn't have to do it', so I put it in gear every time I park her car up, and then when she starts it again (with the clutch in) she lifts off and it leaps forward causing her to swear and curse at me...

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