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    Default Brake Assist - Good Idea?

    Something I like about Vec-C is that it doesn't have brake-assist. I like to be in control of my brakes, and not have the car suddenly decide I need maximum braking.

    Has anyone else got an opinion on whether it's a good idea?

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    My car does have Emergency brake assist. Where when it sences that you have hit the brakes quicker and harder than you would do normaly. Then apparently the brakes bite harder as the servo give all it,s power as it presumes you are in need of stopping quicker. VX in their brochure say you will stop 9ft sooner than without it.
    I would say I am in favour of anything that will make the car stop quicker in an emergency situation. I might be life saving that " 9feet".
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    I thought ALL Vectra has Emergency Brake Assist.


    Putting less pressure on the brake pedal also reduces brake effort - so you ARE in full control.

    Having said that, the need for emergency braking shouldn't be very often at all if you are driving well.

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    didnt only the v6's have it fitted

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    According to this they do have brake assist, this was talking about a 2004 Vec C 2.2

    "Your Vectra has ABS and will also have a system called Emergency Brake Assist (EBA).

    EBA is designed to detect such ‘panic stops’ and apply maximum braking effort within milliseconds – quicker than the blink of an eye. It interprets braking behaviour by assessing the rate that the brake pedal is activated. If the system identifies an emergency it automatically initiates full braking faster than any driver can move their foot. Emergency stopping distances can be shortened, reducing the likelihood of accidents – especially the common ‘nose to tail’ incident."

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    I had a fright in a Laguna when going a few MPH (yes; it was only a few) over the limit in roadworks. Spotted a camera and went quickly from accelerator to brake, just to scrub off a few MPH. Brake Assist activated and the car virtually stopped before I had a chance to reduce the brake pressure and regain control. All this happened on a (fortunately empty) dual carriageway. I know unltimately I was at fault, but it struck me as being dangerous none-the-less.

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    I think its a good idea as most of the time it can remain dormant but as soon as the kiddie jumps out fom between parked cars you stop. Dirty under crackers r a lot better than flat dead children!!!

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    lol i wonderd why i bouce off the dash sometimes! never even new vectras had this system. i think id rather have it than not though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen S View Post
    I think its a good idea as most of the time it can remain dormant but as soon as the kiddie jumps out fom between parked cars you stop. Dirty under crackers r a lot better than flat dead children!!!
    I totally agree that flat children are not good. Equally a car up the chuff because it kicked in when you didn't want it, isn't good. I would think that most drivers on this site would hit the brakes hard enough to immediatey activate the ABS in the event of a child alert - making brake assist unnecessary?

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    No, as it still stops quicker, or at least bleeds energy quicker than non EMA

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