New ‘10 GX Owner in Canada
After recently moving to Vancouver from sunny Sydney and just purchasing a really well maintained 2010 Mazda 3 GX 5AT Hatch (from what I can work out?) with sports shift.
I have a few questions, specific to Canadian delivered 3s and especially winter conditions and TC/DSC.
Having living in a Sydney, I’d previously come from AWD/4WD origins.
‘96 Mitsubishi Legnum VR4 5MT (TC not needed, or wanted!)
‘01 Land Rover Discovery 5MT (TC as standard)
First car was a ‘94 Ford Laser/Escort, 5MT (again, TC not wanted!)
Something I didn’t even think about when purchasing the Mazda was that traction control/DSC would have been an option in 2010. I’ve realised that mine does not have it.
Living in Vancouver we do have very little snow, but with plans to heavily hit the mountains come next winter again(Whistler & Revelstoke) I am wonder if I should have looked harder at this.
Those who live in Snowy conditions, is TC a help or a hindrance?
Having been nearly caught out on Bowen Island when the Vancouver blizzard hit in Feb, in a brand new rental Jetta on M+S tyres, that had TC, but no switch to disable, I found the TC to be a huge hindrance trying to get up the slightest of hills with rev/fuel cuts limiting wheel slip.
Had I been able to turn it off, it would’ve made the job a lot easier.
Going with this, do most people find they end up disabling TC anyway in heavy snow conditions?
I am fully understanding that a really good set of proper ‘snow mountain’ winter tyres will make all the difference, but should I have held out for a model with DSC/TC as standard?
And this is probably a stupid question, but can lack of TC/DSC be ‘fixed’ with an ECU flash or swap with a higher spec 3 and installing the switch? Or is this a mechanical limiter?
(For reference, back in Syd my mum had 2012 SP25, top of the line without being an MPS, this had the 5AT, But even the base model equivalent had a DSC switch)
Looking forward to some feedback,