What problem with the traction control?
I bought a 2007 Prius a couple of months ago, and it has performed flawlessly, right through our recent cold and snow blitz. So what is this supposed problem with the traction control?
I have had two different people in the last week (both former Prius owners) tell me "you'd better be careful, you're driving a death trap on slippery roads." They then told me how the car 'loses power' and doesn't accelerate properly on snowy roads. I have now driven three cars with traction control (the others were a Chevy Impala and a Hyundai) - ALL of them accelerated more slowly when the traction control is activated. Unless I'm seriously mistaken that is what traction control is supposed to do, to prevent the wheels from spinning on slippery surfaces and protect the transaxle from damage from over-revving. I've driven manual-transmission cars most of my life and started up on icy roads in 2nd gear to achieve the same thing - worked flawlessly but also has the feeling of 'losing power'.
So is there really an issue with the Prius's traction control, or is this just a bunch of people who don't understand what it's supposed to do (as I personally suspect)?
The car is two wheel drive.
The car is two wheel drive. I am amazed that you see no problem with this drive system, regardless of the power source, on slippery roads and in navigating through snow and ice. If your vehicle performed flawlessly, it is, for sure, that you were not anywhere near a hill and had minimal snow on the road. I will not buy a hybrid car until a computer system similar to the system developed in the Elica (an experimental computer controlled drive system) is offered as an option. If you own one in an area that gets significant snow in the winter, park it in the garage and wait for spring. Or, have the number of a good towing company on speed dial
Yeah, I'm still running the
Yeah, I'm still running the original tires.
I just have to remember when the traction control kicks in, I have to back off the gas instead of stepping on it harder.
I hear the same complaint
I hear the same complaint from my wife. I think most people are not familiar with traction control and what it does. Once you add the incredible torque of an electric motor I understand why people think something is wrong. I often wish I could turn off the traction control so she can see what happens without it. I lost track of how many times I have asked her "do you want the car to accelerate slowly or do you want to peel out?"
I just put new tires on my 05 Prius. I ran my originals down to nothing with 73k miles. I know I was pushing it but I am a world class procrastinator. Perhaps the new shoes will help! :)