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During a collision the break pedal come free and swings backwards. This happens as during a front end collision your foot is usually on the brake, trying to stop. It help prevent compression fractures because your leg is tensed on impact.
Much the same as the collapsable steering wheel column most cars have these days.
Alarm system will probably be Thatcham 2 catagory, although dealer was unsure.
Thatcham catagories are used by insurers and denote how good the system is. Cheap off the shelf systems usually arn't good enough to be catagorised. Most new cars have a catgory 1 system these days.
"Thatcham is an organisation that provides research to insurance companies, and their classifications are the yardsticks that insurance companies and security manufacturers use to rate vehicle security equipment.
For a security system to be awarded Thatcham status, it must meet certain criteria. There are separate categories for different types of security system, which are listed below.
Category 1 - Combined alarm and immobiliser
Category 2 - Electronic or electromechanical immobiliser
Category 2 to 1 - Category 1 alarm upgrade from a category 2 immobiliser
Category 3 - Mechanical immobiliser"
Ordered: Feb 03
Type: 240 bhp
Colour: Velocity Red
Options: Red/Black Leather
I have RAC Trackstar on my Impreza as it came with it.
My previous car I had Navtrak which was very good, but you had to manually disable it every time you got in the car.
Now Navtrak have a better system that works of a proximity reader card which you keep in your wallet etc. This means that the system is automatically de-activated.
Check out www.navtrak.co.uk. If I get one for the RX-8 I will most likely look at this.
If you are getting a tracker, the pro-active devices are best as the company pro-actively monitors the car (ie. If it moves they track it) The passive systems require you to notify them it is stolen before they track it.
Also, make sure it is one that is approved by your insurance company.