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ESP faulty?

1981 Views 9 Replies 9 Participants Last post by  bundas
If the Stability programme is faulty in a Coupe, should a warning light or anything come on?

Recently I have had two occasions where the back end of the car has gone, and no light came on to say ESP had kicked in or anything?
So...i am assuming that either the car figured out that there wasn't an issue in the first place and it wasn't going to do anything, or the ESP isn't working.

I must admit though that when the back end went out, i was too busy concentrating on the road and cars around me rather than looking to see whether a light came on.
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I call MSP the "fun limiter".

I've had a couple of occasions where it has flashed and I wasn't really cornering all that hard or the rear end stepping out in any way.

Sport mode does allow some amount of slide, up to a point.

I agree you should learn to handle the car with MSP off but generally speaking I think it is safer to leave it on as you can't concentrate 100% when on the road (compared to the track where you are totally focused) and it is good to have some backup.

It actually saved my ass one morning when, at 1/4 throttle, the tail came around a full 90 deg pulling out of my driveway (road was damp and slippy). I reacted correctly but the braking action from the MSP actually brought the tail back in, my correction merely would have kept me sliding in the intended direction with the tail out.
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