Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
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So I had to bring this one back from the dead because I bought a 2008 v6 and have been holding off on installing my snow tires because I have been waiting for the slightest bit of snow to fall here (thanks global warming). So we finally got maybe 3cm, which is enough to slide with summer tires. So I go out and try a few hand brake turns on corners I can normally drift all the way through with my old '99. Wow, it's like a puppy trying to turn on a freshly waxed floor. The computer just keeps trying to grab with all 4 "paws" until you're just about at a dead stop, in spite of me having my foot in it the whole time. So that's pretty safe, if a little boring. Then I tried going up and incline and flooring it. The computer doesn't let you get very far out of shape before you're slowing down and straightening out. The traction control light comes on almost instantly but you can stop it taking over if you let off the gas as soon as it happens. If you keep trying to get it to slide, the computer will just keep slowing you down more and more until you're stuck or going backwards.
I didn't get to try without traction control because it's been so long since I first read this thread I forgot how to shut it off! That'll have to wait until the next snow, and my snow tires are on now, I expect I'll have to be pretty light on the throttle or I'll have no tires left with the power this thing puts down.