Many drivers prefer
the fuel efficiency and fuller control of a manual transmission in their vehicle.
Driving with a manual transmission on hilly terrain can present challenges, though.
Some drivers struggle to simultaneously work the clutch, brake and accelerator pedals
to prevent rolling back after stopping on a steep hill.
Subaru has a solution for this challenging situation. 2003 Forester models with manual transmissions feature a unique device called the Hill-Holder System. Remarkable in its simplicity, this easy-to-use mechanism enables drivers to start the vehicle smoothly on uphill grades. Its not an add-on accessory; its designed into the vehicles braking system, and cannot be retrofitted to earlier models.
When you stop on a hill, you fully depress the clutch pedal and brake pedal. As long as you keep the clutch fully depressed, braking force is retained by the Hill-Holder System, and you can remove your right foot from the brake pedal without fear of the vehicle rolling backward. When its time to go, your right foot will be free to depress the accelerator pedal as you pull away. As you gradually release the clutch, the brakes release automatically.
For a firsthand demonstration of a Hill-Holder-equipped Subaru, visit your authorized Subaru dealer. To request a full-color brochure on any Subaru model, call (800) WANT-AWD [(800) 926-8293].