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post #31 of 44
Excellent work KRP8128. This is the video I had in mind though, it's in the rain might not havead the cruise control on, but I'll bet he had to change his underwear.

post #32 of 44
Any old truckers motto...........
It's a hell of alot easier to speed up than it is to slow down,over.
post #33 of 44
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Originally Posted by ssh View Post
Tires do make a huge difference, for sure. My new Subie has truly terrible tires, so although it's AWD/ABS, it's not as "sticky" as my Integra was with FWD and no ABS.
Holy heck do new Subarus come with outrageously bad tires. Drove my friend's Impreza five door a couple times recently and was sort of amazed at just how bad they are.

edit: Bad as the tires are, I really do like the car. The steering is a bit numb, the shifter is a bit numb, and the brake feel leaves a bit to be desired, but the handling out of the box is safe and fun and the car is eminently usable. With a Thule box on the roof we put four large guys in the thing several times and were quite comfortable.
post #34 of 44
I'll keep this in mind but it's a good thing I don't use cruise control.
post #35 of 44
The only time I use cruise is when I am on my Maine-NJ-Maine "up & backs" ... roughly, 1000 miles of constant driving.

And ..... only when there are no other vehicles as "factor" .... and it's dialed down to 70.

Just to relax and wiggle the right leg and foot ..... for a few minutes.

Other than that, it's never on. I prefer driving the whole car.

Anyone who puts it on "autopilot" in bad weather ..... ya' gotta wonder ... ??
post #36 of 44
Driving in the wet is a bit like skiing in powder - don't make gross movements, look as far ahead as possible to anticipate, be prepared to react, and use your senses to get feedback.

Rather than tapping the brake to disengage cruise, I would normally tap the clutch.

(I was going to post "don't use your brakes as much" but that would probably get mis-interpreted. As with skiing, positive movements are better than negative ones, so I'd sooner accelerate around a problem than brake around it, because when accelerating I have more control of the car)
post #37 of 44
There must be something to this. My Toyota's cruise control kicks out when the automatic winshield wipers come on and you can not keep it engaged as long as the wipers are running so they must think there is some problem with it.
post #38 of 44
The problem with it is that if you are driving with cruise control on in inclement weather you fail common sense 101. It is not surprising many newer cars have lots of software interlocks that attempt to protect stupid people from themselves.
post #39 of 44
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Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
Holy heck do new Subarus come with outrageously bad tires. Drove my friend's Impreza five door a couple times recently and was sort of amazed at just how bad they are.

edit: Bad as the tires are, I really do like the car. The steering is a bit numb, the shifter is a bit numb, and the brake feel leaves a bit to be desired, but the handling out of the box is safe and fun and the car is eminently usable. With a Thule box on the roof we put four large guys in the thing several times and were quite comfortable.
Yeah, they really are bad. I'm looking forward to how it will handle with real rubber. Did you drive a manual or auto? The auto is downright terrible. I could feel the slip in it when compared to the manual. I was planning on getting the auto, but just couldn't do it after I drove both of them.

Of course, I bought the cheapest Subie there is, so I'm sure the more sophisticated trannies on the better Subies are much nicer and transfer power much better.

I'm thinking X-Ice next year for winter, but I can't see dumping these tires after only 12 months. Even when they're this bad! :
post #40 of 44
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Anyone who puts it on "autopilot" in bad weather ..... ya' gotta wonder ... ??
When you drive the same twisty road for an hour to work every day, and you don't have lots of money for gas and brakes and tires, you find ways to amuse yourself when the opportunity presents itself.
post #41 of 44
I just drove back from campus, with the cruise on. It has been drizzling/flurries for the past two hours.

To my dismay, the car did not take off. I was all ready for it, from the aviators on my head to "Danger Zone" blasting from the speakers.

Maverick out.



post #42 of 44
Like droppin' into Patrol Chute last Friday...

Yeee-ha!

While I'm at it, my personal thank you to all of you who serve(d) for freedom in the US military. Thank you. You are my hero.
post #43 of 44
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Originally Posted by ssh View Post
Of course, I bought the cheapest Subie there is, so I'm sure the more sophisticated trannies on the better Subies are much nicer and transfer power much better.

I'm thinking X-Ice next year for winter, but I can't see dumping these tires after only 12 months. Even when they're this bad! :
Yeah I understand your sentiment with respect to the tires...just go destroy them in a single day of autocrossing this summer.

The one I drove was a base Impreza with the manual. Nothing at all wrong with the manual, just noticed the shift feel left a bit to be desired when compared back to back with a Scion tC and a BMW 325 I drove other errands in. (er, when you show up without a car and people at work want you to run lots of errands you get to drive an eclectic mix of stuff. Drove a 25 foot box van and a Highlander hybrid that day too.)
post #44 of 44
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
Excellent work KRP8128. This is the video I had in mind though, it's in the rain might not havead the cruise control on, but I'll bet he had to change his underwear.
Well maybe. He was familiar with flipping it by then, as he did the same thing in practice 2 days earlier. Only in practice he landed wheels down on the track. The ride into the trees was a new experience.

At 200+mph you're kind of on "cruise" anyway. Lots of energy to scrub.
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