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Old 07 February 2008, 18:04   #1
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Electric handbrakes again

They should be banned on a car with manual transmission!!!

I know I have complained about the Passat's electric handbrake before but tonight took the biscuit. I parked on a very steep hill - prob a 1:4 facing downwards.

When I got back to the car someone had parked 2' in front of me. I went to reverse back and the brakes wouldn't release. The other option is to release manually by putting your foot on the brake. Trouble is without 3 feet how do you operate the clutch and accelerator at the same time? Heel and toe is out cos the pedals are crap. I tried again and then the brakes suddenly released when least expected. I shot forwards and this time I was about 10" from the car in front.

I was now in a bit of a predicament - I didn't dare try again that close. Luckily the house I was parked outside was having some building work done. They looked a bit suprised when I asked to borrow 2 housebricks but they did the job nicely!!! I wonder if all new VWs should come with a few in the boot..............
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Old 08 February 2008, 05:01   #2
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Take your Landrover and then you won't have a problem apparently!


But then of course you'd have nothing to whine about!
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Old 08 February 2008, 05:57   #3
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Anyone here had the EPB fail on a Disco 3 yet?
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Do EPB's actually have an purpose other than making life easier for those who can't drive properly?

I've never used one, but it just seem to be over complicating something for no reason? (not uncommon)
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Old 08 February 2008, 09:22   #6
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Anyone here had the EPB fail on a Disco 3 yet?
Yes - I took a brand new one for a test drive. Before I got in it i asked the salesman if there were problems with the EPD - no he said - they are great. We got into the car and there was a horrible grinding crunching noise. The look on the salesman's face was priceless. Yes it WAS the EPB playing up - it was an auto so had to use park instead!!!
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Take your Landrover and then you won't have a problem apparently!


But then of course you'd have nothing to whine about!

And there was me thinking that by posting my experiences with a variety of hire cars I may just help people avoid problems - obviously not I am just whining.........
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Anyone here had the EPB fail on a Disco 3 yet?
Not on mine fortunately but there have been all sorts of issues with them especially on the 04/05 ones, LR did an 'enhancement' program early on which involved a mod to the actual shoes, been much better since then but those that use them for serious offroading have been advised to clean them every 3000 or so miles.
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And there was me thinking that by posting my experiences with a variety of hire cars I may just help people avoid problems - obviously not I am just whining.........
Very community spirited. How come it took you so long to post the problems that you had with the Disco 3 then?
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Very community spirited. How come it took you so long to post the problems that you had with the Disco 3 then?
I thought I had before.

Remember it is not one manufacturer I am attacking - it's the whole stupid concept of making things to complicated for their own good. If it aint broke don't try to fix it!!!
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