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Gforce 04-30-2013 05:23 AM

Advice please
I have just taken a current model Grand Cherokee Limited for a test drive. My wife and I drove from a Brisbane dealership to Redcliffe and back. Great vehicle and I enjoyed the drive but... found the Parking Footbrake in a very awkward if not dangerous position, it was right in front of my shin and I was thinking that in an accident this footbrake would do some damage to my leg. My wife's car is a Nissan Maxima which also has a footbrake, but it retracts out of the way when you disengage the brake.
Second complaint is that my Wife found she couldn't get comfortable in the passenger seat due to her head resting between the headrest and the top of the seat, even though the headrest was all the way down. (She is 5ft 3ins tall).
Love some comments on the above please.

AAAA 04-30-2013 06:52 AM

Re: Advice please
I suggest:

For you, move the seat back a little.
For her, try tilting the seat back back

Greatings from the Hudson Valley.

markp99 04-30-2013 06:57 AM

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My wife (same height) had a similar complaint about the headrest position initially. As noted by AAAA, she tilted the seat back slightly and no more issue.

Gforce 06-19-2013 10:36 PM


Originally Posted by markp99 (Post 814506)
My wife (same height) had a similar complaint about the headrest position initially. As noted by AAAA, she tilted the seat back slightly and no more issue.

Thanks for the advise, will try this on our next test drive.

LSU_FAN 06-19-2013 10:42 PM

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Everything is flat in my area so we never use the e brake, I never even noticed where it's located.


jgc4ever 06-19-2013 10:49 PM

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I learned quickly to just keep my leg to the side of the parking brake.

Gforce 06-19-2013 11:49 PM

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Thanks for the comments.
I still believe the parking brake would be an issue in an accident.
I do like the idea of a foot operated brake, it is simple and works effectively. My issue is really relating to safety, that foot brake should be located out of the way when it's disengaged (eg: Like the Nissan Maxima) There is now way on earth that your leg will not contact that lever if you are involved in a major accident. Our brand new Nissan Patrol was completely written off in an accident where we were almost terminated. The impact was so great that the lenses of my sunglasses popped out and I was left still wearing the empty frames, my wife's leg was gouged by the plastic part of the steering wheel centre when the air bag went off and lastly we were hurt by a plastic fuse holder inspection cover which became a missile.
At 90km to zero in a few seconds I believe your leg will come off second best when it slides into that brake lever.
But... at the end of the day it is just simply my opinion.

Tony407 06-20-2013 01:10 AM

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Well, after all it's your opinion that matters - you're the one thinking about buying it. And it sounds like you've had an experience in a collision that completely warrants you being cautious about your next purchase! Being in the U.S. I'm not sure if my Jeep is different than those in Australia, but I've never noticed the position of the E brake as being problematic. I'll check it out the next time I go driving.


tomk 06-20-2013 03:32 AM

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This is an RHD? That will probably make all of us stateside goobers with LHD WK2s somewhat clueless about the E-brake position (though that won't stop us from commenting on it; this is the Internet after all)


Shertim 06-20-2013 04:14 AM

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It is down to different driving styles, from what I have seen on other threads our friends in the states do not always use the hand/foot brake, where as in Aus it is part of driver training that the park brake (hand/foot brake) is applied when you stop incline or not, the other thing is we are sitting on the opposite side of the car so the layout is different, I agree when I first drove the vehicle I noticed it, but after several test drives and being fairly tall with the seat back it does fade from my view

neiltb 06-20-2013 09:38 AM

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on the LHD stuff it kind of tucks in to the carpet/door area. on a rhd they probably have a big pedal hanging out to at the tranny tunnel, but how is it worsa than a clutch pedal?

Gforce 06-21-2013 09:30 PM

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Any chance of posting a photo of the park brake on the LHD models?
I think that maybe ours (in Australia) might be a bit of a compromise to save Chrysler from having to make a new pedal for RHD. A clutch pedal does not present a problem as I see it, as it is positioned further forward and away from ones shin bone.

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