This bugs the hell out of me, seeing has I'm about to commit to my first Vauxhall.
When I read about the handbrake failure problem on these forums, I initially dismissed it as a production flaw specific to those individual cars (or the people that owned them). It was the significant number of responses to the Handbrake thread that raised my concern. I'm hypothesising that the 'clunk' issue and the handbrake failure issue might share something in common other than just changing worn pads. If the handbrake clunks when you're parked on level ground then you're non the wiser, who's to say your cherished Vectra or Signum wouldn't have rolled if it had been parked on an incline? Related or not, it's still disconcerting (and I know about leaving it in first gear and turning the wheels to the curb, but that's just treating the symptom without addressing the cause). I googled and found this at carsurvey.org , along with links from the initial thread to an article in Which? and The Sun.
I've read scores of anecdotal stories, many as recent as June 07, of handbrake failed Vectras/Signums crashing through garden walls, crashing & writing off other cars, careering across dual carriage ways, it's by God's grace no one has been injured or killed; or that's what I thought until I read this from a poster at carsurvey.org
The poster's right, this is an old problem that 's been bugging Vauxhall for almost a decade, the same poster continues:Hi all.
Well I can tell you Vauxhall have known about this Vectra Hand Brake / Parking Brake fault issue for some time as I have been talking to VOSA. I believe the reason they are keeping quite about this is due to them being investigated by VOSA and the police over this issue possibly causing a fatality in Manchester.
Some of you know that I've just put a deposit down on an 06 Vectra but me missus and I reconsidering our position on this, and we're prepared, albeit very reluctantly, to walk away from the deal and Vauxhall's remarkable silence. This hurts because I genuinely do like the car and I also need it (by the end of the week) for my job, but the thought of being out of pocket by thousands, or bringing grief to another person/family is heavier.If Vauxhall admit there is a problem they are in serious trouble as they didn't recall when they knew about it. Vauxhall took my handbrake and destroyed it before VOSA could examine it before, despite my requests for it to be returned or examined.
I am hopefully about to get Vauxhall to pay out on my case on the grounds they don't accept responsibility. If you contact me if the same thing has happened to you at email@example.com it will add weight to my case and I will give you all the information you need to get them to pay out to you in return.
So please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to claim money back or get the car repaired free of charge.
I've tried calling my Vauxhall dealer this afternoon, unfortunately they're closed on Sundays. Rest assured this Monday I'm gonna print off everything I've found and demand an explanation.
As a community of enthusiasts we a have vested interest in approaching Vauxhall UK collectively, to bring pressure on them to act responsibly and come clean to reassure established and new customers alike.Vauxhall took my handbrake and destroyed it before VOSA could examine it...
'...designed in a coffee break by people who couldn't care less about cars?' Perhaps not, but Clarkson's scathing satire would not be out of place on this particular matter.