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    Angry How do you park you Vectra?

    Reason i ask is that my handbrake failed, car reversed 7ft into my mates house?!

    Vauxhall said it was my fault as i didnt park it in gear... what is the concept of a handbrake then? Grrrr

    Just wondered if im the idiot for asuming the handbrake was there to be used?

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    I always use both as I don,t have much faith in the handbrake. But it does sound like it is not fit for the purpose it is meant to be there for.

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    i had this happen once luckily nothing was behind me, contacted vx apparntly there was a recall on this but they also said that in the owners manual they sugest you always leave the car in gear when parked. utterly pointless!

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    I always leave it in reverse gear when i park up.


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    I've always leave the car in gear when i park.
    My dad said about leaving it in gear.
    Rather than take the risk of finding the car wasn't where i parked it i have done it since i first got a car many years ago

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    I've always parked with it in gear, just to be on safe side.
    However, one could say you should be able to rely on the handbrake alone if its doing its job properly, but not advised of course.

    Debatable subject, I notice in the Insignia manuals they specifically tell you now not to press the button in when applying the handbrake, and to aways apply the footbrakes firmly prior to the handbrake, obviously due to the vec handbrakes issues.

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    have always left the car in gear when parking a car or truck, did it in the vec and also still do it in my zafira thats seems to have a half decent handbrake,lol

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    I've only ever really left it in gear since I've had my Signum... I'd never heard of it being a big problem with any other cars.

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    Sorry to hear it man, I don't really understand why people don't leave it parked in gear?! Quite a few of my mates don't do it either.

    If you think the vectra handbrakes are crap you should try the corsas...

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    Just checked my handbook. It tells you how to release the handbrake, but not how to properly apply it!

    I read on here that you should pull it up on the ratchets (the exact opposite of the Rodacraft Police drivers Manual) and not to depress the button to apply it!

    My handbook says nothing about leaving it in gear.

    Personally, on a slope, I always leave it in gear..

    I've got an outstanding Customer Satisfaction Programme letter from Vauxhall which I must get done.

    They fit a modified spring to the handbrake to sort the issue that Vauxhall say that the Vectra hasn't got.

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