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    Default Traction Control

    It is actually good ....

    So my wife took the car out for the first time on her own yesterday (3.2 GSi), she came back and said the traction control was either broken or not working very well.

    Now it has been raining heavily for the last two days (makes a change from the snow/ice), but I asked her if she'd noticed any lights on the dashboard, she said no. She then asked if I'd turned it off last time I was in the car, so I explained that 1) It resets after ignition turned off and 2) she'd have the telltale on in the dashboard.

    She insisted it was not very good. We just went out now and it's very wet and slippery but it was fine for me. She asked me to check it. So I turned it off and went to set off from a junction in 1st, didn't accelerate hard at all and the thing spun it's wheels and slowly moved off.

    The wife turns to me and said "the traction control is very good then".

    It's better than my previous Vectra B as it seems to allow a bit of spin, rather than just suddenly losing all power as you are going quickly round a roundabout then the back steps out! I think a bit of spin is better, it's more predictable.

    Moral of the story, advise wife the pedal doesn't ALWAYS need to go to the floor ....

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    You let the wife out in your car alone...?!!?!?!

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    You let her out of the kitchen.......

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    You know what I don't want to get into THAT debate, but she is fabulous. Though when we picked up the car and she had to drive it part the way back, when she said "it's easy to hit the rev limiter isn't it, this after she'd just rocketed down the M25".

    Funny though, she has the same grin as me after she's driven it, never owned a car that really made me grin like this one does. I enjoyed my car, but it was more of a comfortable motorway cruiser. Plenty to go when it needed to, but warp drive was an optional extra, not standard like this car! Previous was Z22SE

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    Bought my Vectra in April this year, so didnt have real winter with snow and ice until some weeks ago. Here we have "enough" with snow (some 30cm) and temps varying from +2°C down to -14°C. In other words, alot of opportunitys to "test" the TC/ESP. Got some stiff hills here, it would be almost impossible to pass them without proper car with proper tyres. A friend of mine, with a 2-3 years old Astra, have to disable (pulling the fuse) on the TC. If not the engine just "dies". Several of my neighbours here complain of a hyperactive TC, and this on all brands cars, also some VX/Opel. The biggest problem here is that the snow truck pulls some of the snow, but also use alot of salt, making the snow like "powdered sugar", so you should spin a bit to get the car moving. This conditions, I belive most car producers don't take in respect when the design the electronic. Our Vectra is one of the few exceptions, allowing a little spin. Also the ESP allow a bit slip before it interact.
    This is my first car with more than only ABS, and confident to drive a car "on my own", without help from TC and whatever, thinking I would disable the TC in difficult situations, but so far I only push the button when I want to have some fun So far, very happy. No need for snow chains or other remedies
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