What has your experience been with new Subaru's in snow?

76,625

Asked by Jan 25, 2017 at 01:54 PM about the 2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium

Question type: General

I recently ran into an issue with my 2015 Forester (manual) in slippery
snow/slush. The traction control will bring your car to a dead stop in slippery
conditions and if you turn the traction control off it is not really off but still
intervenes to a degree.  The net result is inferior to the old non-computerized
Subaru AWD when you really need it.  What say you?

12 Answers

73,715

Well I agree with that, I don't have a Subaru, but I can turn the traction totally off on mine. I live in a snow belt area and I don't see where that traction control works. Being able to give it, get those rpm's going has always gotten me threw heavy snow. I think the traction control is for the people who don't know how to drive in ex-stream conditions. A lot more fun without it.

76,625

Traction control = You can't do that. I prefer systems that help me, not tell me what I can or cannot do. Sometimes you just have to spin the tires to clean out the tire tread.

73,715

Totally agree...

76,625

I wonder if it is possible to get into the computer to remove the traction control intervention when the switch is "off".

254,255

Maybe this would work on the Forester?.....http://www.subaruxvforum.com/forum/subaru-xv-off- road/6505-how-completely-disable-vdc-traction-control.html

76,625

As usual these long links cannot be copied and pasted when on Car Gurus. I think I found the video through a search but I don't want to completely disable the traction control, I just want the "off" switch to actually turn it off.

76,625

Some of the comments on the subaruvx forum indicate that traction control also cuts the throttle when you lose traction. I have to find out exactly how this system works.

52,015

My Dodge Ram does pretty much the same thing. When in real heavy mud, sand or similar I just turn traction control off.

76,625

Can you turn it off completely or does it come back on when the going gets rough?

5,540

Not sure how to disable in most iterations. But don't we all notice that it's disabled whenever a CEL is on?! It's easy enough to momentarily disconnect a sensor (many options here) to flag a CEL while idling. You'll then disable TC but still have ABS. The problem becomes that the CEL/TC/CC lights will self-correct to normalcy after three subsequent restarts...unless you're lucky? But in that case to erase the now semi-permanent CEL you'll have to grab a scanner. Maybe there's another way....

76,625

This is my wife's car so she is not going to be messing with sensors and stuff to get up our driveway but thanks anyway.

5,540

Aw...doesn't she like Christmas tree lights?!

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