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Old 04-07-2010, 10:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So i was driving around Downtown LA today, and i had to make this very quick and sharp turn. I did, and something flashed on my dash, and it made my car feel funny =( like wobbly? I think it was the VDC thing. I turned it off after, and did another quick sharp turn, and it felt normal.

Is there a way to keep it off?
Nope, you'll need to turn it off every time you get into the car. In daily driving though there really is no reasonable reason to keep it off. I only turn it off when I feel like playing around. As they say, its better to be safe than sorry.
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I have a feeling we'll be hearing a "so let me start by saying i turned off vdc" story soon...
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I have a feeling we'll be hearing a "so let me start by saying i turned off vdc" story soon...

Indeed. Do those stories ever end well?
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You may also find that if you tromp the accelerator with VDC "on" the torque feels lessened wheras with it turned "off" the torque feels more than when VDC is "on".
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What does it exactly do?
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I have a feeling we'll be hearing a "so let me start by saying i turned off vdc" story soon...
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So i was driving around Downtown LA today, and i had to make this very quick and sharp turn. I did, and something flashed on my dash, and it made my car feel funny =( like wobbly? I think it was the VDC thing. I turned it off after, and did another quick sharp turn, and it felt normal.

Is there a way to keep it off?
obviously, if you dont know what just happened there, you are in for a disaster sooner or later by turning VDC off.
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It stops you from losing control of your car and hurting yourself or somebody else to sum it up frankly.

Leave it on for daily driving, and off at the track.
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I know the 300ZX didn't have VDC and was 110HP less but why do people talk like VDC OFF = car totalled? Is it THAT hairy? I haven't turned it off yet but once I am 100% confident with the car I will definitely test the car and my own ability (on a safe location of course). What ever happened to people knowing how to drive RWD cars?
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It detects any traction loss to any wheels. Once it detects the loss of traction it will reduce the engine power to regain the traction. Alot of people say its best to leave it on. Personally i hate the damn thing. Theres times when i liked having it on but more times i hate it, especially in the winter. I'll come around a turn, even on ice or snow i know how to take the turn. But the car will turn the VDC on and it will screw me up, causing me to go all over the place. That and when im trying to take off it cuts all the power and i cant go anywheres.
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I was driving in the wet the other day and gave the car a bit of a spurt down a straight. The VDC actually gives a good degree of slip before kicking in, so it hasn't been too intrusive.

Going around corners feels a bit jiggly, but the VDC seems to let you do a bit of a slide before lowering the power output a little to bring you back on course. Relately, it's surprising how much grip the 370Z has going around corners even in the wet...
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I was driving in the wet the other day and gave the car a bit of a spurt down a straight. The VDC actually gives a good degree of slip before kicking in, so it hasn't been too intrusive.

Going around corners feels a bit jiggly, but the VDC seems to let you do a bit of a slide before lowering the power output a little to bring you back on course. Relately, it's surprising how much grip the 370Z has going around corners even in the wet...
This is exactly what I have found. I see no reason to turn it off under normal driving conditions. Icy roads could be different.
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If you have to ask what VDC does then you don't need to be turning it off.
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