In the real world of experienced drivers, traction control is a pain in the
butt. When one is driving slippery road it works fine but if one is trying
to get motivated when the traction is less than ideal, the traction control
needs to be turned OFF or the engine drops down to idle and you can't get to
goin' That is true of FWD or RWD vehicles. The 'traction Lox' axle is the
baby that does what needs to get dune to drive when it slick. My Mustang
will get up our driveway, or any icy hill, better than the FWD cars any day.
People assume because FWD may have an advantage when driving in unplowed
snow that it handles better or is better on plowed mountain roads, as well,
FWD is not better. Next time you slide of the road on an icy downhill
curve, take note of what the cop is driving when he comes to investigate the
Just got rid of a ten y/o T-bird--V8, no ABS, no traction control--and
replaced it with a Nissan Maxima, my first rice rocket--FWD, switchable
traction control, 4 wheel discs, load sensing ABS. I've had the opportunity
to drive the Max on snowy roads. While the T-bird was always a handful, the
Max has no problem under any conditions. Plus, even though both cars weigh
about the same, and have the same wheelbase, the Max is a rocket ship
compared to the Bird.
I wanted a Mustang GT, when I bought the Max, but the Ford dealers were
non-responsive, while the Nissan dealer fell all over themselves trying to
be helpful. Unlike the Ford slug, the Nissan sales chick was knowledgeable
about the technical aspects of the car. With the exception of
Daimler-Chrysler (and I have nagging doubts about their quality), American
carmaker are killing themselves with their crappy attitudes. At today's
prices, cars are no longer throw away toys, unlike the good ole '60's.
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