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What exactly does VSC do. I mean, I know it stands for Vehicle Stability Control, but how does it work, and what advantages can you expect, and is it going to be standard or is an option? thanx
 

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VSC works in conjunction w/ ABS. It will apply brakes if needed to keep the car stable in slippery conditions.
See LexusSafety.comfor more info.
 

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soooo..... VSC sounds like its jus' the "other name" for our problem causing "TRAC"

or, since LEXUS put a new name, im guessing its mor advanced than ours?(2001)

im prolly wrong on this stuff...
 

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Originally posted by blueIS:
soooo..... VSC sounds like its jus' the "other name" for our problem causing "TRAC"

or, since LEXUS put a new name, im guessing its mor advanced than ours?(2001)

im prolly wrong on this stuff...
VSC is not trac. Trac cuts engine power and applies brakes when wheel spin occures. VSC applies brakes to all 4 wheels if the car looses control. VSC is always on (unless disengaged), and traction works only when accelerating.
 

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Originally posted by blueIS:
soooo..... VSC sounds like its jus' the "other name" for our problem causing "TRAC"

or, since LEXUS put a new name, im guessing its mor advanced than ours?(2001)

im prolly wrong on this stuff...

Think of VSC as controlling lateral motion of the vehicle in an emergency condition and TRAC as controlling slippage during acceleration, or more simply VSC is side to side motion and TRAC is forward motion control.
 

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Originally posted by blueIS:
soooo..... VSC sounds like its jus' the "other name" for our problem causing "TRAC"

or, since LEXUS put a new name, im guessing its mor advanced than ours?(2001)

im prolly wrong on this stuff...
Yes, VSC is much more than just "trac" in disguise. It can work at all 4 wheels, as opposed to Trac that obviously just reduces slippage during acceleration on the rear-drive wheels. VSC senses steering input and can control individual wheels or up to all 4 wheels to assure straight-line stability, again, unlike Trac, which controls just 2 wheels for acceleration.

Bottom line, VSC will keep you in a straight line, or put you back on a straight path after you loose your tail. Traction, is well, just that, it helps you regain traction, not so benefical if your tail is already perpendicular to the road.
I wish vsc were going to be available on the manual IS3!


[ July 12, 2001: Message edited by: Michael ]
 
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