Why an electric parking brake?

We have a 56 reg Passat TDI 140. It's been a really good car for the four-plus years we have had it. Spending money on wear and tear is fine and the £1000 or so spent last year on a service, cambelt change, discs and pads was just about bearable. We now have a bill for £338 to replace the parking brake motor that has failed!

What is the point of replacing a mechanical handbrake with such a unit, which incidentaly my wife hates, if this is the cost of malfunction? We will be changing for something nearly new but will not be buying another Passat that's for sure!

Asked on 26 April 2012 by Richard White

Answered by Honest John
Electric parking brakes clamp discs far more securely than a hand lever and cables ever can. But most of them eventually suffer water ingress to the motors and fail. The point is to make money for the car manufacturer. If you wont buy a new car every 3 - 4 years, he'll get the money out of you from spare parts.
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