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Old Nov 23rd, 2006, 03:24 PM
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Hill assist

Has anyone used the hill assist function that's part of the dynamic stability control on the R56? I'm curious to hear a reaction.
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Old Nov 23rd, 2006, 03:28 PM
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yep....a little guy jumps out the boot and pushes you up the hill

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i will do when i get mine.

it basically keeps the brakes on when you're on a hill while your foot is off the pedal and the clutch pedal is depressed. then when you get to the biting point, the brakes will slowly release until your power is sufficient enough to move you.

i think !

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Wouldn't clutch control and use of the hand break accomplish the same thing?
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Old Nov 23rd, 2006, 03:38 PM
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Wouldn't clutch control and use of the hand break accomplish the same thing?

Yep pretty much, it sounds quite cool though
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yes, but then you're less likely to get to a situation where you're burning through the clutch against the handbrake...

you can sit on a hill in neutral with no feet on any pedals and you'll not move, then when you want to, change to 1st, apply gas and hit your biting point and you'd move.

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Could be interesting if you got used to having a system like this and then had to drive a different car every once in a while
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you can sit on a hill in neutral with no feet on any pedals and you'll not move, then when you want to, change to 1st, apply gas and hit your biting point and you'd move.

I don't think it quite does it like that mate.

I thought it held the car for a couple of seconds from when you take your foot off the brake to allow you to bring the clutch up and have smooth getaway without rolling back.

Maybe I haven't understood it correcty
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yep....a little guy jumps out the boot and pushes you up the hill

Little lass, though, for the guys?
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automatics do it... they hold the car there until you apply enough accelerator pedal pressure to prevent you from rolling back.

that's my understanding of the system, however. i did quiz the guys quite extensively at the launch day.

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I don't think it quite does it like that mate.

I thought it held the car for a couple of seconds from when you take your foot off the brake to allow you to bring the clutch up and have smooth getaway without rolling back.

Maybe I haven't understood it correcty

I thought that too, but I tried it out on Sunday and it didn't work, so think Rec could be right with his description maybe.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Gene Hunt (original)
I thought that too, but I tried it out on Sunday and it didn't work, so think Rec could be right with his description maybe.

I'll have to find a hill on my test drive on Saturday. Hope I don't roll back into somebody
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I'll have to find a hill on my test drive on Saturday. Hope I don't roll back into somebody

thats what I did, I was sitting at some lights on a hill, checked sat there thinking please don't let anyone pull up behind me, I want to check out hill assist

but didn't work as we thought it did, so also try what Rec has suggested as to how it works
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The drive-off assistant is a component of DSC and makes it possible to drive off confortable on uphill slopes. It is not necessary to use the handbrake for this.
  1. Hold the MINI in place by depressing the brake.
  2. Release the brake and drive off immediately without delay
The drive off assistant holds the vehicle in place for approx. 2 seconds after the brake is released.

! Depending on the vehicle load and the uphill gradient, the vehicle may roll backwards a little during this time. After releasing the brake, drive off immediately without delay. After approx. 2 seconds the drive-off assistant will no longer hold the vehicle in place and the car will start to roll backwards.


From the manual.
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Subaru has had this feature on their manual transmission cars for a very long time they call it the Hill Holder Clutch. I have been driving manual trans. for 20 yrs., learned how to drive on one, and took my driving test on one and not once have used the handbrake on a hill that is the ROOKIES way to negotiate a hill whether stopped completely or not.
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