| Originally posted by jefft325i+Aug 24 2004, 06:29 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (jefft325i @ Aug 24 2004, 06:29 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteBegin-XTREME@Aug 24 2004, 04:33 PM |
I live in the Seattle are and I am serious thinking about getting a new 330i with ZHP. The dealer took me to a really windy road which allowed to truly see what this baby could do . Even though the traction control was engaging, the back was stepping out quite a bit (what fun) . Those of you who own 330is with the ZHP, what is like driving this car in the rain? Does the back step put a lot? What about aquaplaning?
1st off I don't have a 330 ZHP, I have a 325, but I do live in Seattle.
The car handles great in the rain, especially coming from an Integra. That car had no weight and was downright scary on our crappy highways where the grooves fill with standing water. The 3 is heavy enough that it doesn't hydroplane - it just hunkers down and bombs through all the water!
As for the back end kicking out, it's damn easy to do when the roads are wet, especially if you give it some gas going around a corner. Just make sure you keep the DSC on, unless you really know what your doing. Turning that off can spell disaster - that's usually what happens when you see posts where somebody wrapped their car around a tree. With that said, even with the DSC on, you can still kick the back end out, you just have to try a little harder :wink[/b][/quote]
Thanks guys. I find my Jetta is all over the road when the water sits in the grooves on the highway. The Audi a6 (don’t have it anymore after it was rear ended) would just hunker down and was almost the same in the dry as it was in the wet.
WRT the 330i with ZHP, I was surprised how easy it was to kick the back end out on dry pavement even with the DSC on. On a tight right hander, I was able to almost pivot on the right front wheel (WOW – never done that before).
Anywhoo, I think you answered my question. In the rain, ride a bit more conservatively and the car will handle just fine. Get stupid with the accelerator and you may end up in a ditch. Sounds like the car for me