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Do you drive with ESP On or OFF ?

Discussion in 'General Technical / How To' started by Olly_K, Aug 12, 2006.

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Do You drive with ESP On or Off ?

  1. Always On

    93 vote(s)
    43.3%
  2. Always Off

    8 vote(s)
    3.7%
  3. Off Sometimes to have some fun

    67 vote(s)
    31.2%
  4. I don't have ESP

    47 vote(s)
    21.9%
  1. Olly_K
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    [Aug 12, 2006]
    Number 3 for me, sometimes when I wanna have fun !
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  3. billybravo
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    [Aug 12, 2006]
    i dont have it on mine but i wish i did some times
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  4. nwhiteley
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    [Aug 12, 2006]
    i voted for 3, but i am turning it off more and more on my S3. since the re-map, i find the TC very intrusive. i also think that the power cut from the TC cant be very good for the car
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  5. hass
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    [Aug 13, 2006]
    i dont have ESP on my car

    hey wait, why i dont have ESP on my car
    #4
  6. marmite
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    marmite Counting the Tesco Club points

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    well to be honest this system is on all the time and from memory if your going to over cook or need help it will even if it is off!
    I maybe wrong though!

    Off in the wet!!!
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  7. Aldo
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    [Aug 13, 2006]
    I have an Avant, not the fastest of things tbh, well the 2.0 FSi ain't, If I had a Derv and chipped I think I would use more to have fun!
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  8. silver75
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    [Aug 13, 2006]
    allways on but I cant drive
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  9. god_thats_quick
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    god_thats_quick Numptie of the highest order

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    [Aug 14, 2006]
    ESP for quattro cars is for wimps (and I don't have it)... ESP on front wheels drive cars is ok I guess may help get the power down in ***** conditions.
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  10. silver75
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    silver75 Big Ron

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    [Aug 14, 2006]
    Knowing audi it will come on anyway if off
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  11. JohnS3
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    [Aug 15, 2006]
    Mostly on, unless I'm playing. But when I want to do a rocket style launch from a junction, I'll turn it off to prevent the traction control from killing the car after you lift the clutch..... Know what I mean?

    Regards, John.
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  12. madvw
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    [Aug 15, 2006]
    I know exactly what you mean. It stops you from headbutting the steering wheel and making a nob of yourself when pulling away sharpish.
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  14. Dan Gliballs
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    [Aug 15, 2006]
    I'm taking it my S4 doesn't have ESP?
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  15. Drmatrix
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    Drmatrix Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    Mine dosent have it Cnat miss what you dont have :)
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  16. Olly_K
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    [Aug 15, 2006]
    Should do !

    Look for a button at the top of your center console name ESP
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  17. Dan Gliballs
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    [Aug 16, 2006]
    Nope, can't see one ;)
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  18. DIPS_A4
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    DIPS_A4 SEAT LEON CUPRA R (225)

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    [Aug 16, 2006]
    i wish i had esp on mine. could do with it some times.
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  19. silver75
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    [Aug 16, 2006]
    Im a bit confused.com.. So do cars without ESP drive as though the ESP is turned off in later cars? If this makes any sense.
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  20. Phlipper1
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    Off at all times. Don't particularly like the idea of someone else controlling the power distribution through my wheels....especially when its wet.
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    [Aug 17, 2006]
    yep. There's no ESP or EDL on those cars. In the cars that do have ESP (i.e. have the button), ESP is permanently on until you press the ESP button - the EDL cannot be defeated (ewll, there are rumours about VAG-com..).
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    [Aug 21, 2006]
    on when i'm bimbling around as i can't be arsed turning it off.

    Off when i'm not bimbling, or often in the wet. I find the car much more predictable with it off. If you overcook it, the slide, oversteer etc is much smoother than when its on. Typical example, gone a bit hot into a corner, lifted ( I know I shouldn't) car starts to oversteer. With ESP off simple case of feather throttle and smoothly out. With it on, bloody thing wibbles and wobbled round the corner. Both end up in same result but the first seems much niucer to me and the car.

    Morale: don't overcook corners!
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  23. rraghvani
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    [Aug 25, 2006]
    I think mines off by default, press it 'on' and the little light is displayed on the dash.
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  24. JohnS3
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    [Aug 25, 2006]
    If the dash light is on then the ESP is off.

    John
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  25. justin123
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    justin123 A4 1.8T Quattro (163BHP)

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    I have tried it onn and off in my 2002 A4 1.8T Quattro and I have felt little difference.

    Is it just me or have other people thought this??
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  26. Adam C
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    [Nov 7, 2006]
    I've had three cars with ESP, a 2000 A4 2.5TDI Quattro (wish I hadn't sold this one) 2000 S4, and now a 2001 Allroad 2.5TDI, on each car I was/am convinced that it accelerated smother and faster with it switched off.
    I do drive with it switched on though, because I can't be bothered to switch it off and the Allroad's a heavy beast so what's the point.
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  27. kris_tdi
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    [Nov 23, 2006]
    i have ASR and its equally rubbish, well in the snow its good, you can actually turn the steering wheel and the car turns, i was plesently suprised last winter.
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  28. southpaw66
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    [Nov 24, 2006]
    Once saw a presentation at Institute of Mech Engineer from a senior Audi Engineer about ESP. Where it really helps is when one wheel has different traction to others and compensates for most drivers tendency to overcorrect when traction is low only to find grip returns all too quickly giving the old tank slapper and subsequent visit to nearest hedge/lampost.

    I'm happy to have it there to catch me in the unexpected greasy turn or emergency swerve.
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  29. RobinA3
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    [Dec 23, 2006]
    i have mine on all the time even though its a Quattro

    only had the car for a month so i am still learning how the car handles when pushed

    plus i can't afford to write the thing off...................just yet
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