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You may remember I got to drive a Mk 7 Golf a month or so back and was very impressed with all the gadgets including the electronic handbrake and the Auto Hold feature (see http://www.stuartdalby.co.uk/vwgolfmk5/vw_golf_mk7_review). However, I was speaking to someone yesterday who has an Audi with what I suspect is a similar if not identical system and they said that they had found it to be very temperamental in snowy/icy conditions. Has anyone had any experience of this?

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To be honest, I would expect the electronic version to be less temperamental as it's a completed sealed system, with the worm gears etc isolated from the environment. A traditional handbrake obviously uses cables and levers, and these levers can stick as they are exposed to the elements and seize up.

I guess there's always the possibility of an electrical failure to the handbrake motor, but I wouldn't know how likely this is ?
 

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But surely if the wheels slip on the icy roads then perhaps the mechanism of the e-handbrake might not release, as there is no feeling of 'bite point,' where the driver would normally release the conventional handbrake?

Perhaps what I have said is complete rubbish. Just positing a thought, here.
 

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Marvin's thoughts are nearer to my own. It wasn't that the electronic handbrake was more or less reliable maintenance wise but rather, it may not always function as designed in snowy/icy conditions.

From what I heard, the slipping of a wheel as you tried to set off on snowy/icy roads could confuse the system. I'm sure if this was the case, the system could be reset by turning off and on the ignition but obviously needing to do this frequently would get tiresome.

As I said, I don't have a Mk 7 to investigate but just wondered if other people had experienced anything like this.

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But of course the e-handbrake is quite a separate entity for AutoHold, isn't it? The AH maintains the car in static condition after you have braked to a halt on the level or on an incline and only releases when you release the clutch with the accompanying application of the throttle.

The handbrake is only really used when parking up and will apply itself (if you don't actually pull up the switch) by turning off the engine or releasing your seatbelt and opening the door - I believe.

Quite how all this translates or becomes confused by wheels losing road traction, I don't really know.
 

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I guess this is more an issue with the Auto Hold rather than the Electronic Handbrake. I'd forgotten that the Auto Hold can be switched off and so in such snowy/icy conditions you should be able to work around any limitations of the system.

Thanks for your thoughts,
Stuart
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Quite honestly, in and ideal world, we shouldn't have the need to discuss this. It is only because VW like many other manufactureres have foisted this unnecessary technology on us.'
 
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