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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-14-2009, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
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LX platform Parking brake design... ie Charger / Challenger

I've always wondered why Chrysler still used the floor foot pedal parking brake design for the new Chargers / Challengers? The Avenger even has a center console hand parking brake, similiar to 99% of all other automobiles produced. Personally, I prefer the center console hand brake and never understood the floor pedal brake. Why would Chrysler have a center console hand parking brake on the Avenger, and not on the Charger / Challenger?

Even the new 2009 Challenger with the 6 speed manual transmission has a foot pedal floor parking brake! Very bad design flaw and I assume this is why Chrysler has this 'hill-assisted' start feature, to combat the parking brake design.

I've driven a Cadillac CTS with a manual and a floor pedal parking brake and it was very awkward, no control with the parking brake on hills. I remember saying to myself when I first got in the car, "oh wow, a manual on a Cadillac," then saying "where the hell is the parking brake" moving my hand over the center console. lol .
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They did it for the same reason anyone does anything ever: for teh lulz!
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I used to work for a Valet company, and there was a guy in a CTS-V that would come in.
I learned very quickly that the parking brake was down there, and had no problem driving it.
One day, another guy went to pull the car for him, and a few minutes later, he comes up to me and tells me that he's having a hard time driving it...
I go up to the car, and it smells VERY bad.
I guess he thought the parking brake was automatic, and he tried driving it, burning up this guys brakes...

I'm not a big fan of that design...

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In theory it is possible to relocate the parking break to the center console. The existing cable is long enough if you reroute it under the drivers seat to the center console and then it is just fabrication to make a parking break from another car fit somewhere.
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Why not? Putting it in the center console takes up space, whereas putting it on the floor doesn't really take up any space at all.

The parking brake is for use when parked. Learn to drive a manual properly and you won't need the parking brake on hills.
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The main reason is probably to allow for a front seat design with no center console for models like police cars

Would look pretty wierd to have a brake there with no console around it
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The main reason is probably to allow for a front seat design with no center console for models like police cars

Would look pretty wierd to have a brake there with no console around it
If that's the case, why wouldn't they put the column shifter on all the Intrepids?
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If that's the case, why wouldn't they put the column shifter on all the Intrepids?
Why would they? The majority got the conter console, the others got column shift, None got a hand brake in the center
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Foot pedal for sedans and console mount for sports cars.

I have both set ups and don't care either way.
Foot in my LHS, and I like the push to release feature.

The foot set up in my Ram, which is manual. I use it often. The only minor complaint I have is it's a pretty violent release. I set it to about 3 or 4 clicks to normally park. Maybe 5 or 6 on a hill. Now if you release it from 6 clicks. Your hand better be clear of the pedal returning.

My Mustang is console. Probably because there is not a square inch of space left in the footwell.

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Yep. My dad's 300C still uses it. Only instead of releasing it with a pull handle on the knee bolster, its like a GM parking brake now. You have to engage it all of the way to release it.
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