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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:53 AM
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Auto Hold - Good? Not So Good?

Auto Hold is a nice feature when waiting for a light, etc. but I never use it for two reasons. First, I am just not comfortable not having my foot on the brake anyway when stopped but still in gear. Second, it just seems like it might be hard on the brakes and accelerate brake wear although I can't argue why since it seems to do the same thing I do when using the brake pedal.

So, is there any good reason, it should not be left on all the time just for the convenience of it?
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:13 AM
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I only use it when in the drive-through. It always throws me for a loop if I forget that it is on and then try to back up.
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:20 AM
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It is easy to put it in park in my book than use auto hold, so don't find any use for it!
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:33 AM
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:11 AM
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It is very handy for stop-and-go traffic, especially if it is mostly stop!
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:42 AM
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Auto hold is one of the nicest feature in the F10 in my opinion. Its great for stop and go traffic, but I think it does cause more wear on the parking brakes when it is used. Unlike using the brakes pedal during stop and go which is break and then make, the auto hold is make and then break, meaning you have to gas the car before the parking breaks will let go. Since BMW cover brake pads for 4 years, its not really a problem unless one plan to keep the car pass warranty.
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Like ASS you have to select when to use it. At stop lights yes, when trying to precisely position at an ATM window, no. You have to pick the times to turn it on and off.
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I dont use it because I'm afraid if I learn to rely on it (i.e. get comfortable with my foot off the brake) then I will end up in accidents any time I drive any other vehicle.


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I dont use it because I'm afraid if I learn to rely on it (i.e. get comfortable with my foot off the brake) then I will end up in accidents any time I drive any other vehicle.


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I use it quite a bit and love it. I'm used to driving manual transmission cars where I'd sit at a light without having to hold the brake or anything, and this replicates it almost perfectly. I love it.

It won't wear your brakes any more than normal, as it only uses it when the car is at a complete stop. It also uses the normal brakes, not the parking brake (though it does auto-apply the parking brake when you put the vehicle into park) and as soon as it starts to detect throttle input it lets go of the brake. I also really like it with ASS because as soon as I tip-in to the throttle the engine starts and the brakes release and I pull away, it's all very easy to modulate and smooths things out a bit.
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:37 PM
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I use it quite a bit and love it. I'm used to driving manual transmission cars where I'd sit at a light without having to hold the brake or anything, and this replicates it almost perfectly. I love it.

It won't wear your brakes any more than normal, as it only uses it when the car is at a complete stop. It also uses the normal brakes, not the parking brake (though it does auto-apply the parking brake when you put the vehicle into park) and as soon as it starts to detect throttle input it lets go of the brake. I also really like it with ASS because as soon as I tip-in to the throttle the engine starts and the brakes release and I pull away, it's all very easy to modulate and smooths things out a bit.
Same here. My other 3 cars are all manual shift. The auto hold is better than neutral because I still have to keep my foot on the brake to keep it from rolling with the manual cars.
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