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    Default Handbrake just failed whilst I was sat in the car....

    Pulled up outside home, stopped, and applied the handbrake 'AS' instructed to do on the patronising sticker, footbrake depressed, not pressing in button etc etc. took my foot off the brake pedal and started to get out the car.
    Then the handbrake made a hell of a clunk and dropped completely to the bottom.
    It didnt catch on another ratchet, or come off slightly but came off totally.
    I am a class one police advanced driver and know how to apply a handbrake.....I will contact Vauxhall but no doubt will get told I didnt put it on properly.

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    i have heard recently that some vectras are getting re-called due to that same problem think its after 2002 but dont quote me on that. i keep worrying that ill park it up and it will drive past me down the street, prob be a good idea ask your dealer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonicboom View Post
    I am a class one police advanced driver and know how to apply a handbrake.....I will contact Vauxhall but no doubt will get told I didnt put it on properly.
    I would go round in your Patrol Car, and get them told!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewrymyster View Post
    i have heard recently that some vectras are getting re-called due to that same problem think its after 2002 but dont quote me on that. i keep worrying that ill park it up and it will drive past me down the street, prob be a good idea ask your dealer.
    Yeah, This is an ongoing problem that Vauxhall know about but basically they arent doing a lot about it.
    BBC Watchdog have run a story about it, but as yet there have been NO recalls regarding this problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonicboom View Post
    not pressing in button etc etc.
    I am a class one police advanced driver and know how to apply a handbrake.....
    Strange, I was always told to depress the handbrake button.

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    I was always taught to press the button, as this reduces wear on the ratchet

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    As we all were - but the 'advice' sticker from Vx definitely says NOT to press the button in while applying the handbrake.

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    Just a war of words m8. You can be the queene of England but still VX will say it was not put on correctly. An elderly lady got crushed by a Vectra that "Rolled Away" but of course the driver is getting prosocuted anyhow.

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    This handbrake issue STINKS ! Sort it once and for all VX !


    Have consideration for the deaf, if you're gunna fart, make it smell !


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    A class 1 police driver should know to leave a car in gear so it doesn't roll away when the handbrake fails...

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