Does anyone still make manual transmissions with "hill holders"?

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Dear Car Talk | Jul 01, 1994

Dear Tom and Ray:

When I was young, my Dad and I each owned Studebaker autos. My last one was a 1949. All of them were standard transmission cars and all of them had as standard equipment a hill-holder. This rather nice device holds a car in place while waiting for a light to change at a hilly intersection. You merely keep the clutch pedal at the floor, step on the brake pedal, and then you can remove your right foot and put it on the accelerator. Then, as you release the clutch pedal, the brake is released, too. And by then, you're going forward, so the car doesn't roll backwards into the car behind it. Whatever happened to hill holders? Does anybody still make one?

RAY: Subaru still makes cars with hill holders, Don. And as far as I know, they're the only ones who still do. I guess there's just not a public clamoring for them. Most people must still want the "challenge" of seeing if they can get moving before rolling backwards into the car behind them.

TOM: I actually have my own modern version of the hill-holder, Don. I check my rear view mirror, and when the driver behind me looks away for a minute, I ease back until I'm resting against his front bumper. So HE'S my hill holder. It works great.

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