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Did you know that many non-turbo Subaru models for many years have had what they call hill holder?

The hill holder on these models is a good little feature that when you’re sitting in traffic with the car in gear, and you’ve got your foot on the clutch, when you put your foot on the brake pedal, the braking mechanism actually holds the car on the hill.

Then, to disengage it, it is released when you take your foot off the clutch, hence the reason it is called a hill holder.

From the simple point of view, the way to understand it is you pull up at a set of traffic lights and the road is on a slight angle. Normally, you would put your hand brake on or put your foot on the brake pedal and keep it there.

With this particular feature, you simply pull up at a set of traffic lights on a hill, put your foot on the clutch pedal, and put your foot on the brake pedal.
When you take your foot off the brake pedal, as long as you’ve still got your foot on the clutch, the car will hold there with the brakes on.
Obviously, when you want to go and take off, you just take off in the normal fashion. With a little bit of throttle, let the clutch out and off you go.
As the clutch pedal rises up, at the last point of the throw of the pedal, it disengages the braking mechanism and at that point, there is enough grip on the clutch to accelerate the car forward without it rolling backwards.

This is the reason why it’s call hill holder. For some reason, up until 2008, Subaru never included this feature in the turbo models, but as of the MY08, it’s available on the STI and the WRX model.

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