If you hate ABS, you'll probably despise the ESC too. You should have been
with me this morning as I was spinning around an icy parking lot playing
with mine for the first time. With it turned off, I was able to spin
easily. Putting it back on, I was amazed at how well I could track.
My '96 Bonnie has regular Traction Control, which turns the RPM's down and
applies the ABS when the wheels sense they loose traction. It is a 'neat'
feature, but if you take your time, you shouldn't spin the tires anyhow.
Dunno if I'm throwing fuel or water on the fire, but in all my years
(and I'm getting awfully long in the tooth), I've only had them
operate once. Startled me, but aside from that it wouldn't really
have mattered at all if they hadn't been there - no one and nothing to
hurt if it had just kept sliding.
The only times I know for sure mine activated were in snow and ice. I could
tell by the
somewhat disconcerting grinding sound. The car always stopped, so I dont
would have happened had they not activated.
I did lose control with another car, a Buick Regal with 4 wheel discs but
not ABS, at
about 15 mph. Slid slowly to a stop and hit a bridge raining. Unusual snow
car had not been changed to winter tires. Would ABS have prevented it?? No
I like Mr. Mackie's answer about just waiting and it will disable
I think it's just another lowest-common-denominator gadget they came
up with that probably is beneficial to people who are lousy
drivers...but those who have driven without it all their lives and are
adept at keeping a vehicle under control under slick conditions don't
really want it and certainly don't groove on the thousands it adds to
the purchase price and having it malfunction all the time.
I'm not a fan of it, but I probably won't disable it.
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