Originally Posted by A Y
What tires were on the IS350? Traction control can't do anything if there is no traction to control.
Originally Posted by Kookz
Yeah, certainly sounds like it would have had summer tires on it. I'll take RWD and good snow tires over AWD and all seasons any day.
Not to derail the Audi love, but the IS350 had Michelin all-weather tires on it, nothing intended for snow. It's North Carolina, so we normally don't get bad snow, and when we do it's like this was, bad for a few days and then gone... not enough to justify switching tires for 3-4 days.
I've just never seen a car with traction control like this IS, and to the best of my efforts to help her, it couldn't be turned off. It seemed determined to eliminate wheel slip entirely, even if the car couldn't move. The engine would rev (it was an automatic) for an instant, but the instant it detected a lack of grip, the revs would to drop to idle. I sat there with my foot to the floor on the gas and the engine ran down to barely idling. Ended up just waiting for the ice to melt. Her husband thought I was an idiot until he tried to move it himself when he got home in his Suburban. He got so angry he decided to dell the IS.