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Old 11-21-2003, 08:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi i just purchased a 98 M3 Coupe with just about 80k miles on it..so far so good..im falling in love..a noobie question here...what does the ASC button do?
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Old 11-22-2003, 01:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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its bmw's early form of traction control. you can switch it on during winter conditions or when its raining and the car will be more stable on the road and less likely to lose control.
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so can u switch it in regualr weather and still have better traction?
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so can u switch it in regualr weather and still have better traction?
yes. even in dry weather ASC can be helpful at keeping the car on the road during corners or in emergency situations. ASC or DSC are activated automatically when you turn on the engine, so its always on unless you hit the button and turn it off. it can brake wheels individually to counter over and understeer, and also take away a little engine power if the rear wheels are about to lose traction or keep them from spinning if they do lose traction. when ASC is being activated the indicator light will flash, and if ASC is turned off then the light will remain on.
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consult the FAQ http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/index.php?...?showtopic=5355
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so the only reason u would hav it off is if u want to drift or burn out or somethin like that or if ur racin. right?
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it depends if you want to drive in a spirited manner where the only thing keeping the car in control is your feet and hands then you turn it off.
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I usually just keep it off...i turned it on a few times when it was raining heavy..probably gonna turn it back on when the snow creeps up on me.

If you're not gonna push it like a mad driver you technically will never need it to correct you. Because that's basically what'll do. Even if you keep pressing the gas it'll put the brakes on if you're skidding.
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