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Old 07-02-2007   #1
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100HP brakes

How are you finding your brakes?

Autocar heavily criticised the brakes for being very unprogressive and unpredictable.

One of the demo cars I drove was like this - vicious is the only way to describe them

My own car and the other demo car I drove are both fine with little of the problems highlighted by Autocar.

What is the consensus on this guys?
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Re: 100HP brakes

They were strong and progressive on the demonstrator I drove, unlike the C2 VTS I also tried but then everything about that was crap.
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Re: 100HP brakes

My brakes are currently best descibed by a line from the film 'Deliverance'......."SQUEEEEEEAAL!!!"

But apart from that - they stop the car fine.
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Re: 100HP brakes

mine are hard to judge, they come on to strong straight away, not progressive at all, im going to agree with Autocar on this one, the brake pedal becomes a wall of ABS in the snow, no matter how soft i press the pedal, having said all that when im gunin it they are faultless pulling the car to a hault no matter what speed im at, i havent had any sign of brake fade yet either
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Re: 100HP brakes

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mine are hard to judge, they come on to strong straight away, not progressive at all, im going to agree with Autocar on this one, the brake pedal becomes a wall of ABS in the snow, no matter how soft i press the pedal, having said all that when im gunin it they are faultless pulling the car to a hault no matter what speed im at, i havent had any sign of brake fade yet either
How are you finding those Goodyear Eagles in the snow? If you are getting so much ABS not very good I guess!

That V-shaped tread looks a bit like that on a colleague of mine's MG ZT; he had to abandon it in one snow flurry last year because there just didn't seen to be enough lateral tread.
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Re: 100HP brakes

the demo i drove a few weeks back in the dry felt strong and pulled the car up really well without any feeling of it grabbing

maybe not quite set up correctly?
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Re: 100HP brakes

The only brake you should be using in the snow is the handbrake. Yee haah!

I found the brakes grabby in the demo car too. Powerful enough, just hard to brake smoothly. Maybe different pads would help? Or adjusting the rears off a bit
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Re: 100HP brakes

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How are you finding those Goodyear Eagles in the snow? If you are getting so much ABS not very good I guess!

That V-shaped tread looks a bit like that on a colleague of mine's MG ZT; he had to abandon it in one snow flurry last year because there just didn't seen to be enough lateral tread.
Whatever tyre you might use in the snow and on ice is rather useless unless it is a M+S tyre, which is soft enough in winter temperatures. At temperaturesof 7 Celsius or less the breaking distance is hevily increased.

That the ABS kicks in on snow on little brake effort means that the brakes are working fine.
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Re: 100HP brakes

mine are fine now Im used to them, just squeeley, the ABS is pretty much permanant under braking in the snow, I found the tyres to be quite good though, brill in the wet too, PS the car goes sideways nicely too lol
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