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Old 08-24-2008, 09:36 PM   #1
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Emergency brake lever

This is one thing I love about the new interior design.

They did it RIGHT with the lever.

It's 2008 and people still make the levers that hit your right leg if your driver and tall. I was window shopping other vehicles and a LOT of them still have the lever on the left as if it's still a Ford Pinto.

Not that I want the passenger to be uncomfortable. But better them than me.

What ever happend to good old school foot ebrake?

Not everyone is a 5 foot tall Japanese car engineer (I don't mean that in a personal way I mean it in a technical way).
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:50 PM   #2
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oh, no good old fashioned ebrake. ONLY handbrake for me....thanks.
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:54 PM   #3
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oh, no good old fashioned ebrake. ONLY handbrake for me....thanks.

are you possibly a drifter?...
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:03 AM   #4
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Well I think it's good here they put it on the correct, non Japanese side.

As far as the old school like on the gen 1 and 2 you could still do trick. Just have to be able to reach down and pull the release with your left hand. Old school tricks.

I still think some people do that just to keep tall people from buying a small car.
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Good thing I'm short... But no, I also prefer a handbrake to a foot pedal. Not because I drift - I've never touched the e-brake while driving, and even if I did, I'd much rather do it with the throttle than the brake - but because I find a handbrake much easier to set quickly when exiting the car. I've had three cars - one had a foot brake, one had a handbrake with a bad cable (bought the replacement cable, just never got around to replacing it), and one has a working handbrake. I actually use the handbrake when I get out of the car. The foot brake was a bit of a hassle when I tried to use it regularly.
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My Colorado has fot parking brake. Only problem I have is always releleasing hood instead of brake
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hand brake is the only way to go. I have a hand on the VW, I use it every single time I park the car. I don't want to get in a hurry and let the clutch out in the wrong gear (1st or R). I think it stems from back in the day you used to be able to start cars with out the clutch in. I actaully tapped a car in a parking lot, I forgot to put the clutch in and the car lunged forward. So now I always use the hand brake and put it in the opposite gear of the obstacle.
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What ever happend to good old school foot ebrake?
A foot emergency break is the worst imo.

It's called an EMERGENCY brake for a reason. If you need to use it it's going to be under circumstances where you need to do so quickly.

And bringing your foot up to the height every foot ebrake I've seen isn't something quick or necessarily easy. It's not even something you THINK about in a desperate situation.

Reaching over and lifting a hand brake is infinitely easier and more swift imo.
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A foot emergency break is the worst imo.

It's called an EMERGENCY brake for a reason. If you need to use it it's going to be under circumstances where you need to do so quickly.

And bringing your foot up to the height every foot ebrake I've seen isn't something quick or necessarily easy. It's not even something you THINK about in a desperate situation.

Reaching over and lifting a hand brake is infinitely easier and more swift imo.
Yeah i tottaly agree. I had a chrysler cirrus with the ebrake in the center. I cant tell u how many times i poped it in N and yanked the ebrake to avoid some serious collisions. Or just for fun and doing 360s and drifting around turns. Come on people you know your going to want to drift this monster at some point or another. haha
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No one was suggesting it be changed of course. I said they did it right. The "what happend to the foot pedal" was just a flashback to the 1st and 2nd gen Camaro's.
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Old 08-25-2008, 02:06 PM   #11
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something else to keep in mind is that its getting more and more common that it is a "parking brake" not an "e-brake". with most larger vehicles it wont stop you in an emergency. it is mean to hold the car steady. with a smaller car however it can lock up the wheels.
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I just wish/hope it was tucked in closer to the console. Kind of out there in space. 4th gen design was better.
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I think it's that way so you can put a large drink in the cupholder. Well if they had put it on the drivers side I would not of considered buying one. If you drive more than 30 minutes and your leg is resting on that thing it really can be irritating. Go past 2-3 hours and you'll have a red mark on your leg.
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