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Re: Imn my opinion (archive)

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Posted by Alberto on February 28, 2001 at 21:22:06:

In Reply to: Similar experience posted by Stephan on February 28, 2001 at 18:57:08:

In my oipnion the M roadster hadnling is very predictable. I have have done autocross and track days, and - never - never -never - spun the car or got into dangerous or uncomfortable situations. And this is with the so hastily criticized Dunlop tires. Oversteer is very predictable and easy to control, the worse aspect of the car handling is the understeer, which is actually severely worsened by the traction control. If there is anything that make the handling less predictable and safe, in my oipnion, that is the the traction control.

I don't know whether you have a problem with your car, but if you floor it in the middle of the turn in a low gear it's no surprise that the reard end will come loose...

Enjoy it safely!


I test drove a 98 M last summer, and when I came around a corner at slow speed, hammered the throttle and almost lost it into the curb. The tires were spinning as if the road has ice on it. I came to stop in the middle of the road a short while later. It seems to me that the tires were at fault. From what I read, the Dunlop Sport 8080E are terrible tires. In addition there was hardly any tread on them.
On my '00 M I leave my traction control on vitually all the time and with the Michelin Pilot Sport tires, the car handles predictably. I can pull the same stunt with it and do not lose control. No suspesion modification have been done. I run 32psi front and back. The car has very slight oversteer.

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