quick shout if anyone want to know watchdog thingy on now BBC1
Info regarding last nights show is here http://www.bbc.co.uk/consumer/tv_and...20080116.shtml
part of it it says:
"Vauxhall believes that the handbrake system used in the Vectra and Signum is safe, however, Vauxhall treats all matters relating to the safety of its products as its highest priority. In line with this priority and that of continuous improvement, Vauxhall has decided to implement, as a customer satisfaction programme, a modification to the handbrake mechanism to reduce the possibility of a partial release when incorrectly setting the handbrake.
Owners of c250,000 manual transmission Vectra and Signum models (produced from 2002) will receive a letter from the company requesting that they contact their nearest retailer to arrange for the modification, at no cost to the customer. Vauxhall Motors Limited is launching this customer satisfaction programme in agreement with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), an executive agency of the Department of Transport."
Could somebody please post the relevant paragraph from the Handbook. Thanx.
the handbrake failed on a car which I hired,
well I need to know how many other people have had the same problem with this make off car. So if you have these details tell me more.
Just been on BBC on Watchdog tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!
another signum rolls away...
My Signum rolled off my driveway (summer 07), across the street and through my neighbours wall.
Insurance company paid out to rebuild the wall, only slight cosmetic damage to rear bumper.
I took a hit on my NCB and hence premium went up at renewal.
I contact the insurance company initially and raised this known issue and requested they contcat vauxhall to reclaim losses.
Insurance company said if there was a vehicle fault, VX would have recalled (or words to that effect)
VX said, if the insurance company has paid out, they must think I was at fault, not the vehicle (or words to that effect).
I have documentation regarding the above.
Please contact me if I can be of asistance with further info.
Originally Posted by lawscot
Vectra rolls away
Today my wife visited her friends and parked on their drive which has a slight incline, with the handbrake firmly on, after about 10 minutes she heard shouting from outside. When she looked out of the window our vectra was in their garden, fortunately no one was hurt and no damage was done, the car was only serviced a few weeks ago and no problem was reported.
The handbrake does not appear to be working at all now, so back to Vauxhall to see what excuse they can come up with!
Vectra Handbrake Fault
2 Years ago I paid out £250 excess to my insurance company, because the handbrake of my Vectra failed and rolled into a garden wall. I approached the local vauxhall dealer and told them that the handbrake hand released on its on accord. They subsequently had a look at the car and surprise surprise said that there was no fault with it. It sounds like Vauxhall have had a huge amount of complaints, so much so that Watchdog were notified, yet, they still do not accept responsibility!
Firstly, Can I also ask if anybody knows about an independant investigation being done (i.e. not performed by Vauxhall), and if so, what the results were....surely this would be a fairer way to decide if there is a fault(which there clearly is).
Secondly, has anybody tried a different avenue (e.g. claims direct?)
On Sunday 9th March I parked my 2004 Vectra in a hotel car park whilst I competed in a sporting event. The car park was on a slope. Between 4 and 5 hours after I had parked it with the brake on securely and it was still unattended ,it slid down the hill into a kerb with the handbrake still in an engaged position. No obvious damage was caused to the vehicle. I checked with my Vauxhall dealership and no recall has yet been made although they are aware of issues. I am amazed that given incidents of this kind Vauxhall are not yet recalling cars like mine for attention as potentially a serious accident could be caused.
I hope pressure from you all can make them take this issue more seriously.
Signum Handbrake Failure
I've had my Signum Elegance 2.0 TDI for nearly 3 years, with too many problems to mention along the way, the latest disaster happened last night when my car's handbrake failed in a car park and it rolled backwards of it's own accord.
I now have a bashed up Signum and two other poor unsuspecting people also have damaged cars.
Apart from the fright of returning to my car after a couple of hours and finding that it wasn't where I left it - thank god that nobody was injured!
I'll be pursuing this with Vauxhall - someone's been giving me signs that I should get rid of this car for years - time to listen!