Hope this is useful and one of the mods can get it entered into the DIY Knowledge base.
My handbrake lever broke today! Basically you pulled the lever up (no clicking) but could feel the actually brakes working. On letting go it would just drop straight to the floor. In other words my lever wouldn't stay up!!!!!!
SO, stripped out the centre console. (At this stage didn't think about pics sorry). There are two screws behind the ashtray and two screws at the very back of either side down by seat mounts.
The handbrake cover unclips and then with a little tug the whole cover pops off, same with the gear lever (took some pulling at first!)
Lifting from the back the whole console will start to move out and as you go you need to disconnect the cigarette lighter, the hazard warning, the central locking switch, the power supply to the console 12v socket and anything your model may have down there!!
SO here's a pic of what I found!
Well nothing untoward there you might say, until I found the following on the floor!
On inspection this had "fell out" of the inside of the lever mechanism!!!!!!! There is absolutely no evidence of snapping or breaking or there ever being a way of holding it in place!!!!!!!!!!
Next step is to release the pressure on the lever so I can get right underneath the mechanism etc.
This is obvious, undo the bolt in the centre, with handbrake fully down, until you can remove the two cables from the holder/adjuster. This allows the lever to stand straight up.
Then I discovered where the misterious bit was meant to be!
As you can hopefully tell (!) the part is meant to be sat just on top of the jagged edge pointing out and up. Again not sure hwy no obvious means of securing it (OR for that matter why it isn't machined into the thing in the first place!) but it needs to slide sideways into that. It will only go in one way and will take some patience, fiddling and brute force!
Once in place you should have this
All working! So attaching the cables and adjusting the lever to brakes etc, then everything back it's all sorted.
It took me in total 30 minutes including taking photos.
Hope this is useful for someone?
NOW why on earth did it fall out in the first place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!