so today, sitting in the office working away when the car alarm goes off. turn around, and its gone! Long story short, handbrake had 'popped' off and it had rolled across the carpark into the back of a mazda mx5. Minor scratch on the mazda and broken numberplate housing and fog light surround on mine.. Not the end of the world, but not what i need right now with all the other problems with this car!
anyway, ever since i've owned this car the ratchet on the handbrake has always been very quite. i had assumed that's just the way it was. after taking the surround off and spraying lots of wd40 onto the ratchet and pulling it off/on a few times it started making a much more definitive clicking sound. hopefully it will be ok now, but will be leaving in gear from now on!