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    my only complaint about the Z3 design so far...

    ...is that the ATC light is too close to the steering wheel. I like to know when it comes on (as I learn to test the ;limits of the car) but I find that in a turn the steering wheel spokes block the ATC light! In a turn I cannot tell if the ATC is energizing or not.

    I wish the indicator lamp had been placed out from behind the wheel.

    Nit-pickin'?

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    I do LOOOOOVE the car though!!!


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    Be careful about testing the limits,

    especially on a wet road. The rear end can act kinda squirrely.
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    No worries. . .

    Won't be long and you will be able to FEEL when it engages. It's pretty easy to sense once you know what to feel for.

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    Re: my only complaint about the Z3 design so far...

    I think ATC is the forerunner of what became to be called DSC (Dynamic Stability Control). If so, I can tell you from experience the thing works and really works well.

    I have a 2002 3.0i Roadster. I am the original owner so I thought I knew the limits of the car well but I was wrong. Last winter I was driving home with good rock and roll playing and the top down on a day of the type that gives the Florida Chamber of Commerece wet dreams. At about 80 mph I exited the Florida Turnpike on a nicely curved exit ramp. Since I was enjoying the drive and there was no traffic, I decided to take advantage of the curved ramp. Well, I erred big time and took a little too much advantage of the ramp. The DSC immediately sensed the immeninent loss of control and took over. It was frigging magic. It felt like the DSC was breaking individual wheels in very short hard bursts. The car did a lot of fairly aggressive jerking but each jerk seemed to put the car back in the direction I wanted to go. I have abosolutely no doubt that without the DSC saving my [Oops!] I would have slid off the side of the ramp and probably rolled down the relatively steep embankement.

    I certainly recognize that I was very lucky in that my speed did not exceed that which the DSC was able to handle. In other words, the DSC is not able to violate Issac Newton's rules but it certainly works well within its design envolope.
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