Re: Don't get me started on electronic handbrakes
I asked the salesman how the hell you were supposed to do hill starts without either stalling it or rolling back.
The answer's simple. You just set off and it disengages automagically. The reason you can spot 'leccy handbraked cars by the dent in the back is that not enough people RTFM before driving off in their new toy.
Including it would seem your BMW salesman, who should be sacked.
BTW, they all have a manual override somewhere, usually in the boot, to permit recovery when the electrics have failed.
What I did see the other day though is that now these things are available, the safety nazis have got in on the act. I saw a complaint from a larger gentleman who had bought an Audi. He was in the habit of taking off his seatbelt so that he could turn around when reversing and was highly pissed off to find that a) it automagically engaged the handbrake when the seatbelt was disengaged and b) it wasn't possible to override this behaviour.