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I saw this a couple a days ago:

http://www.allpar.com/weblogs/2007/11/25/sources-challenger-to-feature-hill-start-assist/

FTA, it says that the RT and SRT Challengers with manual transmissions will have a Hill Start Assist feature to help with taking off from a hill.

Now the question I have is, would this be a good feature for the Camaro? I'm sure there are going to be people like me who've not driven a stick a whole lot and are going to be buying a 5thgen with a manual transmission. Also I'm sure that there have been plenty of instances where a feature like this would've proven useful such as starting from a stop on a fairly steep hill.

What do you all think about having this feature on the Camaro? Would it be worth it or would it just be a waste of money?
 

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I say if you are going to buy a manual, learn to drive one before buying a brand new car with one. You may find out its not to your liking and you could be stuck with a car that a pain to drive according to your preferences.
 

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I say if you are going to buy a manual, learn to drive one before buying a brand new car with one. You may find out its not to your liking and you could be stuck with a car that a pain to drive according to your preferences.
Excellent point Jinx. I learned to drive a stick when I was 12 (farm truck in MO) and have drove one every now and then, but I still have to learn the finer points of driving a stick. Seeing as how my DD is an A4 in my Camaro, anything is game for sticks, but this will be good advice to keep in mind come purchase time.
 

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I have never rolled backwards driving a manual. If it adds to the cost, thanks, I know how to drive a stick.

My dad wouldn't let me drive until I could drive his truck to this stop sign in front of walmart and start without falling back or stalling out. It was a pretty steep incline. It took some practice, but I'm glad he made me do it.
 

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I saw this a couple a days ago:
FTA, it says that the RT and SRT Challengers with manual transmissions will have a Hill Start Assist feature to help with taking off from a hill.

ummmm....Challengers only come with Auto's.:eek::lol: At least that's what I thought (and what the Dodge site says). Unless they're expanding options in next years models?

anyway, I wouldn't mind having the hill start assist, as long as it doesn't add much cost...a few bucks fine...if it's $500...no thanks. I've never had it and I've done fine.



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I have never rolled backwards driving a manual. If it adds to the cost, thanks, I know how to drive a stick.
Thats probably what alot of other people are saying about it being of the Challenger. But for those of us who haven't quite hammered out driving a stick, it would be a useful feature. Maybe it could be an optional feature, and at that, be driver controllable, so once you've got it figured out you can disable the feature or use it when you need it (hill on a snowy day)
 

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ummmm....Challengers only come with Auto's.:eek::lol: At least that's what I thought (and what the Dodge site says). Unless they're expanding options in next years models?

anyway, I wouldn't mind having the hill start assist, as long as it doesn't add much cost...a few bucks fine...if it's $500...no thanks. I've never had it and I've done fine.



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This year is auto only.
They have always planned to sell them with manuals.



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I said "no" because I live in Kansas, there are no hills. :D
 

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If you want the sissy-ass hill assist, then order it as an option! I don't want or need it, so don't make me pay for it. Another thing that SHOULD be optional...airbags. Unfortunately, these are gubment mandated. I suppose someday they will mandate hill assist...:rolleyes:
 

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On one hand, I definitely don't need it after driving a stick for more years than I care to admit to... and the good news is that the car will come with a hill-holder as standard equipment - it's called a hand brake (or emergency brake). If one can't get the timing down pat of coordinating clutch, gas and easy release of the hand brake after a couple practice starts (yes, this can be learned on level ground!) :D, then how is the proper coordination of shifting ever gonna be learned?:lol:

On the other hand, if it's a relatively inexpensive add-on (and it's driver defeatable) and it will clinch some sales that otherwise might not have been made, then I suppose it's a good thing in the long run.

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I've never heard of Hill Start Assist before. Interesting concept.
Right now it's pretty much a Chrysler-only deal(I have only ever seen it on Chrysler vehicles, anyway). I believe it's incorporated into the Anti-lock braking system..so it can't cost much more if anything..and the Chrysler(dodge) vehicles that come with it come with it standard. It holds the braking pressure for around a second (or less) to give one time to work the clutch. But only does it when on an incline. It's pretty nifty.



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I'm sorry, but I for one, am in the camp of "Let me drive my own **** car"...

OFF TOPIC: (it better have some brakes a little bigger than the ones equipped in the spy photos we have been seeing...)
That's what I'm saying. We don't need extra chit to increase price or production cost. Learn to drive the stick...you'll be happy you did.

Of course this is all just my opinion. ;)
 
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