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Old 06-04-2011, 10:26 PM   #1
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Hill Start Assist on 2012 Focus?

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I was wondering if anyone knew if the 2012 Focus SE Manual has a Hill Start Assist feature? Sure would make pulling away on a hill easier (no more parking brake lol!). Please let me know.


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Old 06-05-2011, 06:59 AM   #2
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It's been reported in some of the threads here that all 2012 Foci have this feature.
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Old 06-05-2011, 10:11 AM   #3
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I heard that too, and it appears that it's definitely included on the Automatic. However, I can't tell if it's available on the manual too as Ford.com doesn't list anything about it.
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Based on what I've seen on this forum and online, it appears hill start assist is not available on the 5-speed manual Focus. However, I've read the 2012 Fiesta 5-speed does come with this feature, even though the 2011 models did not.

Has anyone heard if there's plans to add hill start assist to later 5-speed builds of the Focus?
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I don't think HSA is available on 5M but you can always test by pressing hard on the break pedal and then lift the foot off it. If HSA is there, the car should be standing still for 2-3 seconds.
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Hi, if it helps hill assist is available on the 6-speed manual box over here.
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My 5spd certainly doesn't have it. I live on a very steep hill, and this car bogs like crazy if don't rev it up enough. This is compared with similar throttle/clutch application to my 6spd Mazda 3, which has considerably more grunt down low.
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Thanks for the input. While I agree everyone who drives stick should be able to start on a hill, this would be a really nice feature to have in a place like San Francisco, a city known for its unforgiving hills and cabbies who ride your bumper and lay on their horn if you're not moving .1 seconds after the light turns green.

Going back to my original question: has anyone heard if this is a feature which may be added to later builds, as is the case with the Fiesta?
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..San Francisco, a city known for its unforgiving hills and cabbies who ride your bumper and lay on their horn if you're not moving .1 seconds after the light turns green....
Do one thing : let the car rol back a little. Just to see his face in the mirror. Or better: stay still for 30 seconds.
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Hi, I don't know if it will be added, however, having used the system, it makes driving in my hilly part of the world so much easier and ensures I don't roll back at all when pulling away on an incline.
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