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Old 03-23-2019, 04:10 PM
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Hi, y'all......

Please pardon the intrusion...... I have a 2019 FIAT 124 spider, 6-speed, also called the "Fiata", since it is basically the same car (excepting powerplant, of course).

Does anyone know of a permanent fix to disable the "Hill Start Assist" feature? My dealer says that since it is Mazda software, his scan tool shows no remedy.

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Old 03-24-2019, 12:28 AM
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Why would you want, or need to disable it?
 
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Old 03-24-2019, 05:43 AM
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My wife's last two cars has had the feature (GTI and Mazda3); in both cases I found it initially annoying but got used to it. My TL doesn't have it and I prefer it that way.
 
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Old 03-24-2019, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by grim_reaper View Post
Why would you want, or need to disable it?
I've driven stickshift for 50 years, and this feature is dangerous. It requires too much clutch slip to overcome the locked brake, and the upset to normal driving has often led to a stall, with the near-case of getting slammed in the rear by cars gunning it up the hill behind me.

I see no reason why the driver shouldn't decide how best to operate the vehicle.
 
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Old 03-25-2019, 03:31 AM
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Originally Posted by stevebad View Post
I've driven stickshift for 50 years, and this feature is dangerous. It requires too much clutch slip to overcome the locked brake, and the upset to normal driving has often led to a stall, with the near-case of getting slammed in the rear by cars gunning it up the hill behind me.

I see no reason why the driver shouldn't decide how best to operate the vehicle.
Hmmm, unless the hill holder feature works different in the Fiat than in other cars I've driven with it, I would say there is something wrong with your car.
 
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Old 03-25-2019, 04:15 AM
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All Mazda's now have a EPB ( Electronic Park Brake ) You no longer have the handbrake lever for a hill start.

I think it might just be a case of having to teach the old dog new tricks.
 
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The hill holder will release 2 seconds after you let off the brakes. So let off the brake pedal, wait two seconds, then use the clutch as normal.
 
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