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VW Passat Family (NMS and B7) TDIs (2012+) Discussion area for the 2012+ Passat TDI (North American and rest of world versions versions). The North American model was previously codenamed NMS (New Midsize Sedan) and the version the rest of the world gets is sometimes referred to as B7.

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Old January 11th, 2012, 10:45   #1
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Default Hillhold sucks

It grabs on for too long on a hill and I stall 50% of the time, or it causes me to slip the clutch more as I waste the engines power into slipping the clutch until it lets me go. Is there any way to disable it or shorten how long it holds on?

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Old January 11th, 2012, 11:13   #2
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It grabs on for too long on a hill and I stall 50% of the time, or it causes me to slip the clutch more as I waste the engines power into slipping the clutch until it lets me go. Is there any way to disable it or shorten how long it holds on?

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You can disable with VCDS.
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Old January 11th, 2012, 11:23   #3
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... or just grab the handbrake and save a little fuel to boot.
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Old January 11th, 2012, 11:47   #4
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Weird, I find it to be extremely useful and haven't had any problems with it. My driveway is on a hill so i use it almost every day.
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Old January 11th, 2012, 12:29   #5
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I tend to roll back less than an inch when on a hill so I only need the assist for a fraction of a second. If I were in SFBay I might appreciate that 1 solid second that it grabs hold. It just really messes with me and makes the starts jerky once it finally lets go. I dislike it.
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Old January 11th, 2012, 12:41   #6
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I love the hill-hold feature......driving around my neck of the woods(hills) the wife says it makes the Passat 6M care-free to drive.
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Old January 11th, 2012, 14:19   #7
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... or just grab the handbrake and save a little fuel to boot.

Or just get the DSG.
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Old January 11th, 2012, 19:40   #8
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It grabs on for too long on a hill and I stall 50% of the time, or it causes me to slip the clutch more as I waste the engines power into slipping the clutch until it lets me go. Is there any way to disable it or shorten how long it holds on?

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What exactly is the hill hold feature and how do you enable it?
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Old January 12th, 2012, 04:02   #9
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Hill Assist holds the brake 2 seconds when you are startin out on a hiIt probably would have been enabled from the factory. IF not you can use VCDS to activate/set it.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 05:00   #10
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Or just get the DSG.
Which also has hill hold.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 06:00   #11
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I find it useful. Coming from a 5-spd I have accidentally hit 4th (instead of 6th) more than I have stalled it (twice in 2500+ miles). Steep hill starts take some getting used to.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 07:26   #12
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Take a look at this forum. I imagine the settings are similar among the models. There's Early, Normal, and Late options for Hill Hold Assist.

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=323027
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Old January 12th, 2012, 08:37   #13
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I find it useful. Coming from a 5-spd I have accidentally hit 4th (instead of 6th) more than I have stalled it (twice in 2500+ miles). Steep hill starts take some getting used to.
For me it was going into third instead of first, stalled it 3 times trying to pull a u-turn 10 minutes after picking it up from the dealer, I just wasn't used to how the shifter was sprung band new.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 08:54   #14
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Hill Assist holds the brake 2 seconds when you are startin out on a hiIt probably would have been enabled from the factory. IF not you can use VCDS to activate/set it.
Oh!

I test drove a 2012 Golf TDI 4D 6SPD and thought there was a problem w the hill holder as I was rolling back after a few seconds.

Having had a 2005 Forester w hill holder I thought there was a problem w the Golf's.

The Forester's hill holder would hold until it was time to get going.

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Old January 12th, 2012, 09:35   #15
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So the question now is, does anyone have a VAG-COM that I can use near the Omaha, NE area?
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