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First let me say that wet roads caused by snow flurries is not the time to try experimenting with your ESP Control Switch. Trust me on that one.

Other than (pg 63 of manual)

  • when using snow chains
  • in deep snow
  • on sand or gravel

Is there any advantage to deactivating it for otherwise standard driving?
 

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Only when you want to beat someone off the line! (Trust me on that)
 

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Hi all,

Came off a roundabout the other day light rain, put foot down a bit and the back end broke free, lots of flashing lights car back under control pointing the right way , a very good demonstration of why the car has ESP fitted.

Stuart
 

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I should have made myself clearer:
ESP off... I get that.
What is Sport Handling mode and Jeff, is this what you mean or ESP off?
 

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I turn ESP off when I am beating someone off the line. I don't want the traction control to shut/turn my acceleration off.
 

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Thanks. You know I drive the beast like a granny.
 
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in the wet yesterday the car on acceleration out of a cpl of bends became tail happy dash lit up with traction control lights coming on. As This is my first slk My question is, is this the way the slk behaves in the wet? I didn't floor the pedal just a little bit more aggressive than normal.
 

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in the wet yesterday the car on acceleration out of a cpl of bends became tail happy dash lit up with traction control lights coming on. As This is my first slk My question is, is this the way the slk behaves in the wet? I didn't floor the pedal just a little bit more aggressive than normal.
Yes, it's entertaining apparently. The CDi250 is bad enough - you should try a greasy roundabout in a 55. It's just scary/stupid/entertaining (delete as applicable).
 

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in the wet yesterday the car on acceleration out of a cpl of bends became tail happy dash lit up with traction control lights coming on. As This is my first slk My question is, is this the way the slk behaves in the wet? I didn't floor the pedal just a little bit more aggressive than normal.
Isn't that why RWD is considered fun to drive? :wink:
 

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I turn it off when I want to aggressively drive curvy roads. I don't want the ESP coming on when I powering out of a corner.
 

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I'm Getting new tyres tomorrow and, my just the right side of legal current tyres and a damp road is immense fun, even letting ESP get everything back on the straight and narrow. I once turned ESP off by accident in my TT (next to heated rear screen button) exceeding (just a little ;) ) the speed limit on a motorway in driving rain. It was hair raising and, not recommended lol.

As Jeff said, use ESP off sparingly (quick off the lights etc etc) when you can be sure you can have some safe fun :wink: Better to be safe than side swiping a wall :surprise:
 
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