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i noticed also today that if you come up behind a car and apply your brakes so you come to a stop, and then IMMEDIATELY take your foot off the brake, the hill assist does not engage it seems.

it only seems to engage when you put your foot on the pedal and then leave it there.
 

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Hill-assist takes some of the fun out of driving. Nothing like waiting at a red light on a hill, with a Mack truck inches from your back bumper!

I could see a potential annoyance with hill-assist when trying to back into a parking space in neutral when on an incline.

Speaking of holding one's position on a hill, right foot on both the gas and brake works OK, but takes a little practice. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the easiest method for beginners to master hills:
* pull the handbrake (keeping your thumb on the release)
* gently release clutch and press gas

When you feel the car has engaged release the handbrake and off you go without having rolled back.
 

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Speaking of holding one's position on a hill, right foot on both the gas and brake works OK, but takes a little practice. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the easiest method for beginners to master hills:
* pull the handbrake (keeping your thumb on the release)
* gently release clutch and press gas

When you feel the car has engaged release the handbrake and off you go without having rolled back.
If I'm not mistaken, this is how most people are taught over here.
 

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StaticInnerClass? You must be spending too much time with Java and not enough with your MINI! :p
 

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StaticInnerClass? You must be spending too much time with Java and not enough with your MINI! :p
Not sure if anyone would have picked up on that in these forums. :) It's an obscure enough username that I can use it for any forum without worry of availability.

Plus, it's the Java that has paid for the Mini!

Cardo said:
If I'm not mistaken, this is how most people are taught over here.
Over here ~90% of cars have automatic transmissions, thus using the hand-brake on a hill is more of a discovery than a method which is taught.
 

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I think Hill Assist is a great feature. I've grown so accustomed to it that I now have to be careful when driving other cars not to take off from a hill without the handbrake! Works well in reverse too. However, I have noticed that it can't seem to detect a very slight gradient and allows roll back in this instance - could be rather embarrasing!

Unsure if this is a fault or not, but surely you shouldn't have to estimate the precise angle of the hill before deciding whether to use the handbrake or not. Car in for a recall (bolt torque somewhere on the exaust system) in a week or two, so I might mention it then.
 

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It works in reverse too.

I found it tricky putting it on some ramps to do the 1st oil change... the car nearly over shot the end. What I didn't try was turning off DSC!
 

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sorry to say , i had a smart fortwo with it on, and it works really great,

i wonder if you are allowed to use these cars in a driving test, as you would not roll back on a hill start, that is if they still do that on your test.
They still do it on test and Yes, it says it's fine to use it on DVSA site
 

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my, another fine thread brought back from the grave lol, but a handy one non the less, taught me somat new about the DSC button in my mota, i just thought that was to make the flashy power sapping light of death on the dash stop blinking when the wheels start spinning ( a fete i have yet to get active yet mind, my mini seems to prefer setting off instead of spinning up the front wheels most of the time - did manage a momentary blink of the traction control light setting off from a wet nd oily junction but the tyres bit & carried on before the power got sapped or did it sap it so perfectly i never noticed it :D , but it seems it may also disable the hill start too :)

but back on topic, i'm more a handbrake user if honest ( drives my boss mad when i drive the works van as he is a fan of rolling back a few inches between moving from brake to clutch - he though hill assist was a wonderful thing when it activated for him one day - spent the next 10 minutes driving round looking for hill to start on instead of doing the deliveries lol )

my personal experience with it though is i dont tend to like it that much sadly, yup, used it a few times & loved it as its been moments when the lights have just changed so the hill hold was a godsend as it saved the handbrake being applied & then removed etc, but i tend to find that either i am using it wrong or it takes too long to disengage for me as i get the full 2 second hold & find half of that the hill hold is actually stopping me moving forwards & it lets off with a thunk & away i go, i wish it was non restrictive like other folks on here have mentioned so that as soon as it starts rolling forward, the brakes release etc, but sadly i have not found that to be the case on 3 hill assist systems now from 3 different motor companies ( OK 2 were vans but same difference ) Ford - Renault & Mini.

Maybe like i say, its how i drive it thats the problem ( only common factor between the 3 systems really ) but i dont mind the system at all as i have found it useful a time or 2 even if it felt clunky to release.
 
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