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I've always driven manual cars but this is the first with a hill holder feature so I decided to give it a try. I approach a red light on top of a hill, step on the clutch and apply the brakes. I release the brakes, clutch is still to the floor, it holds for about 5 seconds or so and then I 'psssst' and I start rolling backwards.

Is this normal? I was under the impression as long as I held the clutch in I could stay there all day long.
 

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normal. It holds for long enough to engage the clutch.
 

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Correct, '09+ uses a electronic hill holder that holds the brakes for __ seconds of the brake being released. Unlike previous years that had a mechanical hill holder that will hold the brakes indefinitely until the clutch is released.
 

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When did they start providing hill holders? My 04 OBW does not seem to have one.
 

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^^ I believe '03 in the Forester, not sure on the year for the impreza. I don't believe the Outback has ever had it as an option(may be wrong) .
This applies up to and including '08
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I guess that's fine anyway. Living near San Fran, you learn to use hand parking brake as your hill holder. No problems!
 

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I guess that's fine anyway. Living near San Fran, you learn to use hand parking brake as your hill holder. No problems!
Fricken handbrake spoiled yuppies:biggrin:

I learned on 20-30 year old tractors/trucks that had the parking brake pedal next to the clutch, not so easy to use as a hand brake if they worked at all. Release clutch until it starts to grab and can hold the wait of the vehicle with out stalling the engine, release brake, gas and go.
 
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