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VW Passat Family (NMS and B7) TDIs (2012+) Discussion area for the 2012+ Passat TDI (North American and rest of world versions versions). The North American model was previously codenamed NMS (New Midsize Sedan) and the version the rest of the world gets is sometimes referred to as B7.

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Old January 25th, 2012, 17:42   #1
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Default Can you switch off the Traction Control?

Just wondering on any 2012 VW's if you can switch off the TC? My 2003 had a switch which is handy at low speeds in low traction or the engine would shut down to idle when a little power would get you moving.

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Old January 25th, 2012, 18:57   #2
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Just wondering on any 2012 VW's if you can switch off the TC? My 2003 had a switch which is handy at low speeds in low traction or the engine would shut down to idle when a little power would get you moving.

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Old January 26th, 2012, 06:29   #3
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Just wondering on any 2012 VW's if you can switch off the TC?

Since you asked any then yes it some do have the switch, most do not.

My 2012 JSW TDI has a switch to disable ASR (traction control) but not ESP (stability control)

The jetta sedans including the GLI do not have the switch nor do the passats. I believe the GTIs do but I'm not sure about other golf models.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 14:47   #4
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CC still does, the Passat does NOT.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 04:27   #5
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i imagine any mod that can install a switch can be performed on the passat, i imagine they all use the same ABS controler, they just saved the $70 on not giving you the switch.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 06:30   #6
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i imagine any mod that can install a switch can be performed on the passat, i imagine they all use the same ABS controler, they just saved the $70 on not giving you the switch.

There are a few shops selling kits to add them to the GLIs, seen people discussing adding them to other models but haven't seen any completed conversions yet. So yeah I'd imagine that it should be possible on these as well.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 10:10   #7
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http://askavwsalesguy.com/blog/2012/...-2012-gli.html

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http://askavwsalesguy.com/blog/2011/...ontrol-in.html

While not pertaining specifically to the Passat, these links may provide some good info.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 10:15   #8
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http://askavwsalesguy.com/blog/2012/...-2012-gli.html

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http://askavwsalesguy.com/blog/2011/...ontrol-in.html

While not pertaining specifically to the Passat, these links may provide some good info.

Next time I have a ice on the hill out of my home I will try this. The old 2005 system would just keep killing power and you could get no where.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 10:13   #9
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Great answers, thanks.

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Old June 29th, 2012, 18:38   #10
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Thought I'd resurect this thread, because I experienced a situation where I'd rather not have the car telling me how much power I can give the drive wheels.

While the engine was still cold, I felt significant hesitation while trying to accelerate moderately on a well groomed dirt road. Annoying to say the least. Can't imagine how this car will perform in the snow.

If I had a button to turn off the traction control on dirt roads, I would.

Who's driven on dirt so far, that's experienced this hesitation?
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Old June 29th, 2012, 18:41   #11
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Passat's are for pavement. SUV's are for dirt roads.
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Passat's are for pavement. SUV's are for dirt roads.
I've no intention of rally-racing my Passat. But I should be able to drive down a dirt road to a camp site, or my cousin's farm, or to take a detour around road construction, all without the car dictating how much power I can push. It's similar to the reason I drive a stick, not a slush-box.
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I've no intention of rally-racing my Passat. But I should be able to drive down a dirt road to a camp site, or my cousin's farm, or to take a detour around road construction, all without the car dictating how much power I can push. It's similar to the reason I drive a stick, not a slush-box.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 05:22   #14
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In any car we've driven with the feature, we have never had an occasion to use the traction control switch (SAABs, and they have them). It's traction control. If I am having the traction control light come on, showing that I am losing same, I think the first thing I would look to is how I'm driving, rather than punch a button turning it off.
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 18:08   #15
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If I am having the traction control light come on, showing that I am losing same, I think the first thing I would look to is how I'm driving, rather than punch a button turning it off.


On the contrary, if you live in icy/snowy regions and run snow tires, then you most likely turn TC off before leaving your driveway. No need to think about pushing the button when seconds and small movements count.

I live in FL now, but I've though about this considering I'll likely drive north for the holidays. I'd like to be able to switch it off as well.
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