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Yesterday I was visiting my local Cadillac Dealer, and got to sit in a CTS V for my first time. After pretending to race with the engine off for a good 10 minutes, i noticed that the car had no hand brake. I was wondering if any of you ************ or members could explain this to me. If all other manuals have handbrakes y not a hot shot like this one?
 

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If our car had a handbrake...imagine how many more problems the rear end would have......at least in my eyes......alot more people would be beating on the car.....trying to pull 1.3 on the g meter by yanking the hand brake. I cant think of any other reason.....
 

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The hell with this hand brake business. Let's talk more about this 10 minutes of faux racing you did with the engine off. Did you make vroom noises and everything? I got to know. :duck:
 

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The hell with this hand brake business. Let's talk more about this 10 minutes of faux racing you did with the engine off. Did you make vroom noises and everything? I got to know. :duck:
LOL--exactly. Do tell!! :histeric:
 

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The hell with this hand brake business. Let's talk more about this 10 minutes of faux racing you did with the engine off. Did you make vroom noises and everything? I got to know. :duck:
Let's go to the video tape! :histeric: :histeric:
 

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Well it was all pretty standard, the whole racing with engine off thing. I mean they must have a poster of me at every dealership with jokes around it. BTW i do this at all dealerships with all new cars. Never by a demo lol.:bouncy: But yah anyone have any sort of a problem with the CTS V: hills and no handbrake??

GLAD I AMUSED U ALL!!!!:hide:
 

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Well it was all pretty standard, the whole racing with engine off thing. I mean they must have a poster of me at every dealership with jokes around it. BTW i do this at all dealerships with all new cars. Never by a demo lol.:bouncy: But yah anyone have any sort of a problem with the CTS V: hills and no handbrake??

GLAD I AMUSED U ALL!!!!:hide:
We kid because we love.:duck: You need a thick skin and a sense of humor in this Forum.

In fact, the hand brake is one simple improvement that I would like Cadillac to make. With a maunal trans, it really is an inconvenience not to have it.

CR
 

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I have thick skin, just like KFC!!! LMFAO:cookoo:

Yah i am in the market for a CTS V but am not sure if i can handle a manual without a handbrake. My other choices are the Audi S4 and the BMW M3. Wat do u guys think???:alchi:

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First Mustang with a handbrake: 1979 (I don't know and don't care if the Mustang II had one).

First Camaro/Firebird with a handbrake: 1982

First GTO (pontiac, that is) with a handbrake: 2004

First Corvette with a handbrake: (C4, I think, 1983?)

First manual transmission Mopar Musclecar with a handbrake: Still waiting

I've rarely used the handbrake on a hill, unless the clown behind me stops an inch from my bumper. It is fun if you want to do some dramatic tailslides, I suppose, but that is kind of silly unless you are filming a chase scene. It would be nice to have, but there are more important things that I would like to see the General focus on first.
 

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heavymetals said:
Are you kidding?

The loss of a handbrake is gonna be the deal breaker?

Cmon!

Go drive one and then try to convince yourself you don't want it.:lildevil:

Just don't stop going uphill :banghead:
I thought it was strange not to have a hand brake when I first saw the car, but now that I have driven it, and own one, who cares... Less clutter for me in the center...
 

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We have plenty of hills around here and using a foot parking brake was not a problem. It just takes a little more skill to get started on a hill.
 

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there's been a couple of threads bout the V/s4/m3 debate. Doa search and you'll see what I mean...

Or, you could go do your unique version of a test drive and see which one you like best. :D
 

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My 1980 vette had a handbrake.

Don't think there ever was a 1983 vette.

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The C4 was released in Feb '83 as an '84 model. But if your 1980 'vette had a handbrake, then I suspect that all of the "C3" models had it from '68 on.....so then ignore the 'vette from the list.
 

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TY for all of the help i do this 2 much 2 myself :thepan:

FYI the handbrake is not a deal braker, buti live in a very very hilly area jus like san fran and dont wanna keep buying people new front ends. LOL

Oh yah i drove it, and it ripped my head off!!!!
 

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First Corvette with a handbrake: (C4, I think, 1983?)
C4's started in '84 but the handbrake is a PITA to use for 'on-the-fly bootleggers' since it is on the door sill with just barely enough room to slip your fingers around. It puts you in a bad driving position.
Besides, you should have enough power in your car to stomp the brakes, cut the wheel and mash the gas and have it 180. :lildevil:
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When I first looked at the V, the lack of a hand brake caused me some concern 'cause I know all about hills and a manual tranny - however, it doesn't bother me anymore once you get used to driving the V. I have no more qualms about the handbrake vs footbrake issue and am glad I did get the V. Don't let that issue stop you from getting a V... :yup:

Besides, you can always make noises like you have a handbrake... :xgrin:
 

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you really need a handbrake to get up a hill? comeon...i understand they're steep, but I drive on steep hills where I'm at too, and its not a problem. Using a parking brake to keep from rolling back is cheating. BTW, the reason there is a footbrake not a handbrake is the same reason the cupholders are located where they are. Because GM wasn't thinking about a stick when they designed the interior of the car. <rant> Its so damn obnoxious trying to shift with drinks in the cupholders...they get in the way of the shifter. </rant>

Ben
 
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