I tried out the traction control last week after our first good snow in Chicagoland. I think its great. I never had such traction before. Got me up a steep unplowed and long entranceway with very little slippage. Sounded and felt just like it does when ABS kicks in.
"can't believe I bought a forn car"
ODY is a nice van but snow traction isn't it's strong point. I just got back from my annual ski trip to Whistler B.C. and ran into a pretty good snow storm in Vancouver that lasted half way down through Washington. Our 2000 ODY LX had pretty poor traction compared to our previous '94 Caravan (shorty). I always run studded snow tires in the winter. Our Caravan and now ODY are our main family ski machines (I know, should be an SUV). The Caravan because of it's short length and light weight performed wonderfully in snow. The ODY doesn't. For over 20 years I've been driving all sorts of cars to my favorite ski resorts almost every weekend. The ODY, I hate to say, is one of the worst for a FWD vehicle. I suppose it's because of it's extreme weight or weight distribution. When loaded with gear and suit cases it just gets worse. I admit, I have not driven another FULL LENGTH FWD van loaded in the snow before. They may all be equally bad. Again, my shorty was great. Anyway, FWD cars without studded snow tires were spinning but still grabbing and going better than my ODY. And, yes, after 20+ years of winter snow driving on twisting cliff edged roads, I do know how to drive in snow. The ODY has several very good strong points, snow traction just happens not to be one of them. Oh, one more thing, traction control systems are worthless if you haven't got traction in the 1st place. So agrees my buddy with his 3 series BMW.