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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 12-29-2012, 09:32 AM
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DSC default off

I wanted to have my DSC default off and have that anoying light not be on. Anyone have some info on this. It would be much appreciated
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:08 AM
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you will regreat that in the first snow storm.

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I wanted to have my DSC default off and have that anoying light not be on. Anyone have some info on this. It would be much appreciated
I tried going up a hill with just a small amount of snow on it.NEVER again. DSC is great no reason to defeat it unless you a stuck in a snow drift and want to rock your car.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:53 AM
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I tried going up a hill with just a small amount of snow on it.NEVER again. DSC is great no reason to defeat it unless you a stuck in a snow drift and want to rock your car.
If you're going hill climbing in an e39 in the snow you have got bigger problems

Just joking around

I've been driving with DSC default off for 4 months now because of my euro cluster isn't programed. Summer tires in the snow was a fun experience. If you're a human being with feet instead of lead weights you will be just fine in the snow. I will admit I had the lead foot syndrome but after the snow with no DSC I have feather-like feet. Remember people didn't have DSC before the 90s.

The whole point would be that DSC would be off and then if I wanted it push the button and turn it on.
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[QUOTE=hh3uunp;7277616... If you're a human being with feet instead of lead weights you will be just fine in the snow...[/QUOTE]

The real need is snow tires, not fancy feet! I grew up in buffalo before 4WD, everyone put on snow tires if they had to drive during the winter. Same thing with RWD BMWs. I run PS2s in summer, Dunlop M3s when it gets <32 deg. Disabling DSC by default seems silly to me, but people did come up with a easy mod to do this way back when (1999?).

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I find snow tires most useful when stopping. Although they do provide superior traction during acceleration, overall control is the prime benefit to using dedicated snow tires.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:16 PM
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I do have snow tires and rims just they aren't helpful when they aren't on the car.
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Does anyone know how to trouble shoot and diagnose the DSC (traction control) system ?

The light is off and the DSC switch when pressed or toggled has no effect. I replaced the switch but no change.

Light is same as ABS, and does light up during initial engine start up.
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Can anyone help ? My DSC button has no effect on the traction control system. ABS, speedo, cruise all work normal. I just can not disengage the DSC. I replaced the button from an other e39, but it still didn't help
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you should have gone into snow mode - hold DSC until the light blinks. This turns off DSC but keeps ABS on.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:07 AM
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That's the issue. The DSC button has no effect on light or DSC system. No matter what I do it's still in DSC mode. As mentioned, I swapped buttons, but no change.
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:49 AM
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you should have gone into snow mode - hold DSC until the light blinks. This turns off DSC but keeps ABS on.
doesn't work on e39, internet legend.

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