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(ABC Local)   Toyota recalls 615,000 minivans that shift out of park and roll away. Chrysler owners immediately ask if that's an available option   (abclocal.go.com) divider line 20
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2013-09-28 11:56:39 AM  
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2013-09-28 12:02:29 PM  
Go with the K car.
 
2013-09-28 12:04:18 PM  
Chrysler started putting the Mercedes 5G transmissions in their Jeep and Dodge lines a few years ago.  It has helped with the "my tranny exploded" problem a bit.

/ I know where you're going with that.
 
2013-09-28 12:14:03 PM  
I always enjoy watching someone park and jam it into park. Then the vehicle bounces back and forth as the driver exits.

/The parking/emergency brake is there for a reason.
//To leave it engaged as you drive down the road and stink up the place. /s
 
2013-09-28 12:18:51 PM  

sheep snorter: I always enjoy watching someone park and jam it into park. Then the vehicle bounces back and forth as the driver exits.


Mercedes with electronic shifters will automatically put the car into Park when you open the driver's door.

Even if you're rolling along at 5mph.

Sucks when you find this out by cracking the door open so you can lean out further to see if you're lining the thing up to a curb properly.  Narrowly avoided taking the A-pillar to the face when it did that.  Sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that...

/and what's with the mirrors that point straight down when you back up?  i've never backed into something with the MIDDLE of the car!
 
2013-09-28 12:23:59 PM  
My wife's Grand Caravan came with the optional no gear at any time and spend months in dealer sevice feature.
 
2013-09-28 12:50:43 PM  
sheep snorter:
/The parking/emergency brake is there for a reason.

I own this car (MY 2004) and it's been recalled for a few other minor details in the past, such as not enough gas in the hatch struts and transmission reprogramming to drop down a gear when stomping on the gas. This particular recall hasn't been a problem with our car, but I always put on the parking brake.
 
2013-09-28 01:57:02 PM  
Submitted headline not quite worded accurately is it?  615,000 minivans didn't shift out of park and roll away. 21 did.  The recall affects 615,000 that could potentially roll away.
 
2013-09-28 03:35:37 PM  
Every time I hear about a parked car rolling away, I can only wonder what the hell kind of person doesn't use their parking brake. It requires no effort, costs nothing, and makes your car safer. Same kind of person who doesn't use turn signals, I guess.
 
2013-09-28 04:05:56 PM  
The headline made me chuckle, then I thought about it again and chuckled again...
 
2013-09-28 04:09:09 PM  
I doubt very much you could find more than 1 out of 100 200 1000 drivers who use the E brake in a car w/AT. A manual? I'm betting close to 100%.
 
2013-09-28 04:44:43 PM  
My Toyota's ECM went for a sh*t, unfortunately it doesn't just control the engine but the automatic transmission as well....so transmission shifts randomly, extremely hard, slips etc.....puzzled when this started happening, I punch "blown tranny" into the googles....big mistake
 
2013-09-28 04:59:41 PM  
The recall involves Siennas from the 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 models years.

As someone who owns an '06, I guess that's good, but what the hell was different?
 
2013-09-28 06:05:52 PM  

John Buck 41: I doubt very much you could find more than 1 out of 100 200 1000 drivers who use the E brake in a car w/AT. A manual? I'm betting close to 100%.


There are 13 comments here and apparently at least two commenters who use the parking brake.
 
2013-09-28 07:41:51 PM  
I drive an '07 Sienna so I am really getting a kick out of...well, out of having a flat driveway, at least.
 
2013-09-28 07:46:47 PM  

itcamefromschenectady: John Buck 41: I doubt very much you could find more than 1 out of 100 200 1000 drivers who use the E brake in a car w/AT. A manual? I'm betting close to 100%.

There are 13 comments here and apparently at least two commenters who use the parking brake.


Then they are the extremely rare exception. Or they're trolls and/or argumentative.  Maybe it's a regional thing. Regardless I stand by my OP.
 
2013-09-28 08:07:57 PM  

John Buck 41: I doubt very much you could find more than 1 out of 100 200 1000 drivers who use the E brake in a car w/AT. A manual? I'm betting close to 100%.


I always set the parking/e-brake when I park. But I grew up driving stick, so maybe that's why? It'd be interesting to hear from those who've never driven a manual and how/why they do it.
 
2013-09-28 08:29:51 PM  

flaminio: John Buck 41: I doubt very much you could find more than 1 out of 100 200 1000 drivers who use the E brake in a car w/AT. A manual? I'm betting close to 100%.

I always set the parking/e-brake when I park. But I grew up driving stick, so maybe that's why? It'd be interesting to hear from those who've never driven a manual and how/why they do it.


I learned on automatic, and rarely drive stick.  I put the parking brake on every time I park on my driveway, because it's an incline.  That's really the only reason I use it.
 
2013-09-28 08:42:10 PM  

Gulper Eel: I drive an '07 Sienna so I am really getting a kick out of...well, out of having a flat driveway, at least.


Me too, except it's an '05.

Parking brake gets used when on a slope.

/my stickshift Mini Cooper, otoh, parking brake every time.
 
2013-09-28 10:00:05 PM  

poorjon: Every time I hear about a parked car rolling away, I can only wonder what the hell kind of person doesn't use their parking brake. It requires no effort, costs nothing, and makes your car safer. Same kind of person who doesn't use turn signals, I guess.


If you use your handbrake on a car over 5-6 years old around here, more likely than not you'll have to have your vehicle towed to a repair shop to get it unstuck.  Even if you use it regularly.
 
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