FIAT Hill holder assist - worth it

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  1. campa cola

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    I didn't spec it but my van came with hill holder assist, as part of the FIAT ASR system. It and cruise control has been a real help in driving the continent. HHA has been brilliant with some of the hill starts I have had to do, Especially in traffic on a hill. The system gives you a maximum of 2 seconds (once you have taken your foot off the brake) when it holds the brakes on in a steep incline or decline (which is set just right) and gives you time to move your foot to the accelerator and let in the clutch without any roll back. I would definitely spec this again, particularly for larger vans.
     
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  2. pappajohn

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    Those of us that CAN drive don't need it. ;)
     
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    Mrs B's C4 Picasso has it as part of the electric handbrake system and I think it's very good.
     
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    Well I have driven auto cars for 16 years so it makes driving a manual that bit easier, which surely must be a good thing if you are doing thousands of miles on the wrong side of the road on the wrong side of the cab, like me.
     
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    Nothing new, our 03 Fiat has it. They called it handbrake in those days.
     
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    Ah well, you know us younger drivers cant hack it :moon2:
     
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    Summon else to go wrong:( Summon else to pay through the nose for when it does:unsure:


    Didn't 'ave that on me Morrie:(
     
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    It's a great system, not had it on any other vehicle before on MH.
     
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    Long string .. job done..:D

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    I've got it on my moho but can't get used to it! I automatically do a reach for the handbrake and do a standard hill start. Are you supposed to use it? Or doesn't it matter?
     
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    Saves keep reaching for the distant handbrake lever on Fiat!
     
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    It works well on our Transit. You can concentrate on your mirrors, etc instead of ducking down to release the handbrake at the critical moment before moving off.
    Much easier in my opinion. Yes I know it isn't textbook, but it is an aid to more relaxing driving.
    How many of you luddites think auto boxes should be banned because people who use them can't drive 'properly'?:)
    As for 'being more to go wrong', it is just software. All the hardware already exists in the ABS system.
     
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    that would be me .. A Luddite and proud :D
     
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    Got it on ours and think it's a brilliant extra.
     
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    The Fiat ones not bad but not perfect works about 90% of the time but not essential in a heavy vehicle as they tend to hold for a second or two before rolling anyway, and if I want to be really sure I could just hold the brake with my left foot. By comparisson the one on my car can't be trusted at all.
     
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    i had it on a works merc its great once your used to it but its not a much fun as a coach and pair
     
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    Wing Man you are showing our age:whistle:
     
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    It releases as soon as you let the clutch in, its actually quite subtle on a low height hill, where you don't put the handbrake on, it may be working but you don't know it is (y)
     
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    had it on the last two of my works vans it just annoys me would not have it if it were optional .....but hey ho would be boring if we were all the same:):)
     
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    I like my hill start and my auto and all the gizmos , don't wanna go back to a 3 speed crash box and cable brakes :eek:
     
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