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Have you ever been at an intersection to make a right hand turn and just wanted to get out there in a hurry but not too agressively and the traction control kicks in? It feels like the car is bogging. I know you can turn it off and even go a step further (and really turn it off). To me it seems to be a bit over cautious to give the car three modes of traction control. At 225hp theres not much you can do and not recover from under normal driving conditions, or am I wrong?
 

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Have you ever been at an intersection to make a right hand turn and just wanted to get out there in a hurry but not too agressively and the traction control kicks in? It feels like the car is bogging. I know you can turn it off and even go a step further (and really turn it off). To me it seems to be a bit over cautious to give the car three modes of traction control. At 225hp theres not much you can do and not recover from under normal driving conditions, or am I wrong?
Some people drive in rain, snow and ice.:rolleyes:
 

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Some people drive in rain, snow and ice.
I grant you that. I should have said optimum conditions. Non of the above.

I guess Im lucky enough to live in a city where I don't have to deal with those conditions as often as some. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the saftey of the car but I guess Im not used to this type of "event" when I go to step on the gas
 

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Consider other variables...

Are your tires starting to get really worn?

Are you driving too aggressively?

I'm usually amused when people say traction control cuts in too early, because having pushed my car to the limits of my comfort level, I have yet to see mine go off.

Coming out of a right hand turn and giving it too much gas would typically lead to oversteer ... I wouldn't be surprised if too much gas in a turn like that would cause the DSC to kick in hard.
 

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I can get throttle induced oversteer in my 325xiT. If I can do it in a 3700 lbs car with 184hp and AWD, you sure can in a 330. OTOH, I usually disable DSC. It annoys me. I wish that I could have it set to default to off.

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It depends on your comfort level.

With all the other crappy drivers out there, you may need to make a move where the DSC allows you to be in control and avoid an incident.

No one is 100% perfect and it will probably save your butt a time or two.

I look at it from a defensive driving position. It WILL save your butt at least once. :dunno: if you could put a price on that.

At least one can turn it off as desired. I don't think turning it off is that much effort. :D
 

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Consider other variables...
Alee,

You list some valid points and made me think a little.

The tires are new with 14k on the odometer and 6k on the tires. I didn't think about how this would save me on tire ware.

Do I drive agressive? Not as much as I used to. Not to say this is not a sports car, but I bought it on a compromise to a little bit more luxury.

No one is 100% perfect and it will probably save your butt a time or two.
ObD,

You are probably right. That one time I will be the most greatful driver on the road. I guess this is something I need to change my driving style to anticipate or accommodate.

I have seen the traction control kick in while just going over a manhole cover.
We have lane stripes with raised reflectors that has tripped my DSC.

If hold the DSC button for 3 seconds it turns it completely off. Does it have any negative effects on the drive train system as far as wear?
 
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