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Re: That annoying ASC (archive)

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Posted by Anthony [99 Z3 Coupe 2.8] on March 29, 1999 at 11:50:37:

In Reply to: That annoying ASC posted by Carl B. on March 29, 1999 at 11:15:56:

At first I thought my car wasn't handling too great, untill I realized the ASC was keeping the back end in line.

I routinely turn it off on dry roads, but like you, I like the safety curve. I'm learning to drive aggresively with the ASC. If you know what to expect then it's okay. It will let you kick the end out a bit.

One of my reasons for moveing up to my 99 Coupe from my 1.9 roadster was the safety of the ASC. It is very good at doing it's job as designed. And whenever it is a bother it is off with the flick of a switch. I hate haveing the big yellow light on though when it is off. Especially annoying at night.

BMWCCA Member, Peachtree Chapter
99 BMW Z3 Coupe 2.8
ex 96 BMW Z3 Roadster 1.9

: After a little over a week in my new 99 MZ3 I've noticed that I don't like the ASC at all.

: ASC won't let me accelerate hard in a curve. I first noticed this on a wide sweeping freeway clover leaf onramp. If felt slow, like something was wrong with it but immediately cleared up once past the curve. It reminded me of a long turbo lag (for anybody familiar with the original Saab 900 turbo).

: I continued to loop all four entry/exit loops until my stomach couldn't take it anymore. I concluded that I am not near a slip when the ASC kicks in and spoils my party. With ASC disabled, the car accelerates hard and controlled out of the curve without any tire noise. Just like it should.

: I don't like involuntary oversteer so I prefer to keep ASC enabled but it takes some fun out of driving the car.

: I can't help but ask:

: Is this a wet road only feature?
: Is my experience typical?
: Do most of you routinely disable ASC?
: Could this just be defect in my unit?

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