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Old 04-01-2016, 09:01 PM   #1
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Is anti roll back manual transmission worth it?

For those of you who have this feature, do you think it's worth it? Is it a really good feature to have? I recently got my first manual, and hills are terrifying due to roll back, even using the e-brake trick. It's a 2012, and I learned after purchase that it's only the 2013+ models that have it. Just wondering y'all's opinions. Thanks!
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It isn't really the transmission that is holding you. It is the brakes. It is great for beginners but once you get some experience you really don't need it. My wife's Mini has it and it annoys the hell out of me.


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It isn't really the transmission that is holding you. It is the brakes. It is great for beginners but once you get some experience you really don't need it. My wife's Mini has it and it annoys the hell out of me.
Why does it annoy you?
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My 2014 has it, and of course it was active from the factory. It was very annoying to me. The car can't read my mind and know exactly when to release the brakes, so they ended up grabbing and squawking a bit when I took off. I finally read the owners manual and went through the procedure to disable it. I agree with Robostang... it is probably OK for a person learning to drive a manual, but as soon as that person gets the hang of it, they will want to disable it.
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Why does it annoy you?
When you are really used to the aspects of a manual transmission you expect it to roll back. It never phases me when i'm up a hill. Only time i hate having a manual when i have to park next to a curb. Other than that, just taking off from an incline is no biggie.
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Maybe if you lived in SF or something... For normal hills, unless some idiot is 6" from your bumper at a light you're fine. And if they are then that's their fault.
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Maybe if you lived in SF or something... For normal hills, unless some idiot is 6" from your bumper at a light you're fine. And if they are then that's their fault.
You don't know how bad the drivers are around here, you have seen bump drafting in NASCAR, they learned from the people around here, and they stop behind you about as close

I have it on my 13 and I think the only time I use it is getting in my garage.
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Why does it annoy you?

Looks like others covered this question already. Believe me, it won't take long for you to get the hang of starting on hills. Just keep a hand on that e-brake until you do.


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Never needed it but I also don't mind it.


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Old 04-02-2016, 09:51 AM   #10
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I don't mind it, but I certainly wouldn't trade a 12 for a 13/14 just to get it. I've driven manual for years and its a bit odd on a hill start that the brakes hold when youre expecting it to roll back a bit. Especially when I first bought the car it how it would start on the hill as the brakes let go once it had enough forward movement.

After a couple of weeks you'll be so comfortable driving stick you won't even miss not having it. It's not a make or break feature.
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I had it on my old 14 TrakPak and it never activated except when I was on a hill and had to really clamp on the brakes to make it work...the with my ATSV/6spd manual, I love it on hills...my driveway...the hill in front of our house and all the hills around us....I'm over 70 so it's nice to have that added insurance although maybe you young whipper snappers don't need it.
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Old 04-02-2016, 03:19 PM   #12
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I think it is a great option..Of course living in a big city we have a million stop lights and this option works great on almost any grade..

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Old 04-03-2016, 11:05 PM   #13
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I'm with Scotty 1, it depends where and what you drive on most.

I live in carnation WA which is a pretty open area even with hills so I leave the assist off. But I go into Seattle for school which is almost all stop lights right before the crest of a hill so I turn it on for those trips so I don't have to think about it.

I wouldn't trade in just for that feature though. Especially because I love the front of the 10-12 cars.


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man's foot is the best anti roll back feature. The gas and brake pedals are so close it doesn'take time to throw one's foot from one to another. Even no handbrake is needed
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I didn't realize it even had it. I found out the hard way when I was parked on an incline and felt the car was not engaging in first. It felt like it was going in reverse. When I realized it, I felt like a fool because I was very used to the car rolling. Now that I know it's there sometimes it's a help if you don't want to hold the car with the gas and clutch, something I used to do in my old station car with the dead battery that I used to park on an incline so I could start it by popping the clutch while it was rolling, boy those were the days.
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Been driving manuals for 45+ years so don't really need it but it does come in handy once in a while when that brain dead driver pulls up on your bumper at an up-hill stop light. I can see where it would be really useful for a novice manual user. At first I was beating it, getting on the clutch a bit before the brakes release. Now I've learned to feel it out and if I beat the release, just ease / feather the clutch a bit until I feel the brakes let go. It only holds the car for I think 3 seconds or so.

If you have the skills to drive a manual well, this adaptation is nothing. Not sure I understand the annoyed folks, it's just not a big deal
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It's a nice feature, but I wouldn't make a purchase decision based on the presence of it. I have driven manuals for over 20 years and with in weeks of owning my first manual, I had to leave an event, bumper to bumper, on a hill... in the rain... You just learn to drive without it.

I had looked at so many Mustangs before purchasing my 2014 that I had forgotten it had this until I released the clutch to roll back to hit the stop sensor pad and realized I didn't roll back LOL

Like I said, nice but you probably won't need it much if ever.
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