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This. My dad rented one recently because he just likes to rent cars, even though his car works perfectly... then again... I thought people who did this rented cars like Lambos... but I digress.

The transmission, pedals, and pretty much everything else in the car was, I believe, electronic. The accelerator was fly by wire, and the "transmission" which was a little knobby thing next to the steering wheel was also and computerized response, and not directly hooked up to the gear box.

Maybe I'm wrong, but there could be some sort of electronic signal that dictates whether or not the Prius can be in certain "gears"... if that's what they are on the Prius. Lol.
Sounds like the type of car for people that have a deathwish, there's no way that I would ever get a car that is pretty much completely computerized. Anyways.... Why was the guy worried about not having power steering if he killed the motor?!!! He was going 90mph down most likely a pretty straight road, steering wouldn't of really of been needed anyways and if he turns that steering wheel hard enough it will turn the car......I would of been more worried about flipping the car around a turn or getting seriously T boned at a stop light if I was that guy instead of worrying about having power steering LMAO.
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WTH, What is with all the Emergency brake is just parking brake and it can't even stop a non accelerating car crap?

Come on I know some of you saying that drive a car right? Have been to defensive driving courses and what not right?

I have driven cars hundreds of miles before relying on nothing more than the e-brake for my braking.

I'll admit the pedal style is a ***** especially the pressure release ones now but even then if you know how to use them they do their job.

I can't believe people don't know how to use an E-Brake.
Thank you for showing some experience through.
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Any machine if properly maintained will last a lifetime. American or Japanese. Ford and Mitsubishi wouldn't still exist if either company was inferior by design.
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Using the parking brake to slow the car down is a very good way to lock the rear tires up and spin. You'll slow down a lot if you hit something after you lose control.

Its purpose isn't to stop the car...at all. Downshifting slows me down faster than the park brake does in my Accord.
You have to know how to use it.

And if you use it right you'll combine the two.

I guess you wouldn't make it on about a 300mile interstate trip using only an E-brake then.

You have to know how to adjust the pressure and feel, and yea if you do it right you'll ride that borderline of locking the wheels up.

Have driven many miles in a 88 firebird with only e-brake, in my RX with only e-brake when my driver front left caliper seal broke and ended up with 0 brake fluid.

You guys that can't use an e-brake, you do calibrate it every now and again in accordance with pad wear right?

I will admit, I love rear caliper e-brake a lot more than drum e-brakes. My RX-7 was much easier to control compared to my firebirds drums.

I'm just saying, don't knock something just because you're not good at it or can't do it. Some people can.

And like the name states, you use it in emergency because guess what.... it's better then nothing and is completely mechanical which means just short of a fraying cable or someone cutting the steel cable you always have a last ditch effort.

I was even able to use my e-brake on my 98 blazer, that was just me seeing if I could since it use the pressure pedal style. NOT FUN!!!! But doable.
Edited by rx7racer - 3/12/10 at 11:14pm
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The way this car was built is a good example of human folly.
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The way this car was built is a good example of human folly.
The man driving it was an example of Human Folly as its been proven to be a hoax.
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This is the car and driver study I cited earlier. The Prius has mechanical brakes... The pedal is attached to a brake line. The driver is an idiot and should become an hero and kill himself.

Only reason the roush takes so long to stop is because it is breaking 400 horsepower. Toyotas are underpowered family cars... their brakes can easily overcome the engine. Show me a single article where 1 driver claimed they couldn't shut down the car or shift to neutral.

The article the OP linked clearly stated the driver shifted to neutral and shut the car down CASE CLOSED!




Edited by WhiteCrane - 3/12/10 at 11:30pm
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You have to know how to use it.

And if you use it right you'll combine the two.

I guess you wouldn't make it on about a 300mile interstate trip using only an E-brake then.

You have to know how to adjust the pressure and feel, and yea if you do it right you'll ride that borderline of locking the wheels up.

Have driven many miles in a 88 firebird with only e-brake, in my RX with only e-brake when my driver front left caliper seal broke and ended up with 0 brake fluid.

You guys that can't use an e-brake, you do calibrate it every now and again in accordance with pad wear right?

I will admit, I love rear caliper e-brake a lot more than drum e-brakes. My RX-7 was much easier to control compared to my firebirds drums.

I'm just saying, don't knock something just because you're not good at it or can't do it. Some people can.
I have to know how to use it? I can pull my Accord's all the way up and it hardly stops the car. That's not what it's there for anyway. Plus I don't have to worry about ever using it for that purpose. I maintain my car. I have good brakes and a car that doesn't have problems with the throttle hanging.

As long as it holds my car when its parked its doing its job as far as I'm concerned. Driving only using it is just asking for trouble. What if you have to make a sudden stop? This isn't Tokyo Drift.
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I have to know how to use it? I can pull my Accord's all the way up and it hardly stops the car. That's not what it's there for anyway. Plus I don't have to worry about ever using it for that purpose. I maintain my car. I have good brakes and a car that doesn't have problems with the throttle hanging.

As long as it holds my car when its parked its doing its job as far as I'm concerned. Driving only using it is just asking for trouble. What if you have to make a sudden stop? This isn't Tokyo Drift.
You just confirmed you don't ever adjust your e-brake for pad wear, much less for usability. Which is basic maintenance of a vehicle. Doesn't have to be Tokyo Drift to realize that.

Under the car there will be an adjuster bolt style that will adjust your tension for when you use the (in your case) hand brake.

You never know when a rubber brake line hose my rub something or dry rot and form a leak. Or your rear drum brake seals may go bad you not realize it until it's too late. Many things can happen. Power brake booster goes out and you don't have the strength to push the pedal. Vacuum line breaks, or like in some GMC's your powersteering pump is vacuumed into your brakebooster and it goes out.

That's fine you don't use it, but don't act like nobody has ever had to use it for what it's there for. You use it for emergency situations where either your brakes fail or another circumstance may come up. Or in my case a couple time, having to drive it from point A to point B for a specific reason, maybe like to get it fixed.

And I'm glad you have never had the unfortunate need to actually use it.
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You just confirmed you don't ever adjust your e-brake for pad wear, much less for usability. Which is basic maintenance of a vehicle. Doesn't have to be Tokyo Drift to realize that.

Under the car there will be an adjuster bolt style that will adjust your tension for when you use the (in your case) hand brake.

You never know when a rubber brake line hose my rub something or dry rot and form a leak. Or your rear drum brake seals may go bad you not realize it until it's too late. Many things can happen. Power brake booster goes out and you don't have the strength to push the pedal. Vacuum line breaks, or like in some GMC's your powersteering pump is vacuumed into your brakebooster and it goes out.

That's fine you don't use it, but don't act like nobody has ever had to use it for what it's there for. You use it for emergency situations where either your brakes fail or another circumstance may come up. Or in my case a couple time, having to drive it from point A to point B for a specific reason, maybe like to get it fixed.

And I'm glad you have never had the unfortunate need to actually use it.
Maybe his rear brakes are drum brakes? He never mentioned what make and model Accord he has.
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