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Old 12-08-2013, 12:15 PM
Wongway Wongway is offline
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Explanation please on driving with a manual in winter...

So, I terribly missed driving with a manual in winter with my old 1998 A4. I used to be able to goose the gas pedal and crank the wheel to get the rear end to slide out, then upshift and it would almost immediately straighten the car so I could perform near 90 degree turns around a corner.

Next vehicle was an automatic equipped X3 that never gave me the level of control in the winter the A4 did.

So now I have a 328 xdrive with a manual and I'm at a loss.

Attempting to kick the rear end around seems much more difficult in the snow and when I do manage to do it, the car seems to feel ... more sluggish? Just doesn't seem to respond or behave the same, as if the whole vehicle had it's power cut... Is this the result of modern day DTC?

Should I attempt to turn the system off?

Any recommendations you might have for winter driving?
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Old 12-08-2013, 02:48 PM
hellosopo hellosopo is offline
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DSC is going to try to stop you from going sideways and clamp down on power. You could try pressing the DSC button once to turn on DTC, which allows the wheels to spin more. It's still probably not going to want to go sideways much. While it's possible, I think fully disabling traction control (holding down the DSC button) is not a good idea since you never know when you're going to need its assistance:

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