Well, I just wanted to add my name to the list of people who have experienced this. After owning our R for the above mentioned time and never experiencing it, it finally happened, and about 2 miles from our house. <p>I have to say that the "ticking" noise doesn't sound like the ABS activating. Much faster and "lighter", if that makes sense. <p>In any event, it has not repeated itself again (of course) and that particular hill is not one that I am likely to have to stop at very often (the light is not usually red and if it is, the traffic is backed up to where you would brake before the uphill section).