I opted for DSC for my R56 Cooper manual. The DSC came with a Hill-start Assist function. It works well for me for many times but I had a few embarassing moments on steeper ramps. The engine stalled and I had to pull out the key, push in again before I could press to start.
I wonder if you guys have an experience in this regard? Could the "auto hand brake" be exerting the same or more pressure on a steeper slope, compared to a more gentle slope ? Or is it the timing of release of the "auto hand brake" can be different ? Thanks for any advice on this mechanical aspect.
Thanks for your feedback guys. I gather that it should be the throttle that was causing my problem, as I was usually very light on my throttle. My right foot must step a little harder than I used to. BTW, my car is manual.
to engage the hill start you must ensure that your you push the brake pedal down as far as it will go and hold it firmly. just pushing the brake pedal will not register with the car and will presume you are on a flat. this way you shouldn't have to worry too much about throttle (but obviously enough to pull away, instead of some welly)
hope this helps
With Hill-start Assist / DSC and Auto trans, has anyone ever felt a slight RESISTANCE for a split second just after you stepped on the throttle to pull away? The sensation is best described as similar to pulling off with the handbrake left on, but only for a fraction of a second.
my cooper was one of the first batch ever built (my VIN number is a load of 0's then "13" !), and it has Hill Assist. it's wonderful, especially in multi storey carparks
anyway... hillstart works great provided you give it the required amount of throttle to pull away. it's the same as if you had used the handbrake instead - you still have to provide the car with enough power to pull itself up the hill or you will stall.
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