Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 1999 - 2006 Discussion, Got to see "Stabilitrac" work today... in Cadillac Escalade Forums; Had to drive down to my office in Pompano Beach this AM from my home in West Palm Beach. Tropical ...
- 08-27-12 11:19 PM #1
Got to see "Stabilitrac" work today...
Had to drive down to my office in Pompano Beach this AM from my home in West Palm Beach. Tropical Storm Isaac has been pounding us with continuous feeder bands since Saturday AM and had not let up by 10 AM this morning. For those of you that have not experienced tropical storms and hurricanes...the weather comes in as "bands" of wind and thunderstorms moving in excess of 45~50 MPH.
So as I'm headed South on the Florida Turnpike I was caught up in one of these bands for about 40 miles. The speed limit on this stretch of road varies from 65 to 70 MPH with traffic normally flowing at 75~80. The rain and wind was moving at about 45~50 MPH from head on to slightly to my left. I picked the center lane of 3 and held on to the wheel tightly. I noticed that as a gust of 60+ MPH would hit me that the Escalade would move a foot to the right ...then suddenly I would see the amber "StabiliTrac" light come on. The truck would then settle down and track straight. It's amazing how quickly the system makes minor corrections to compensate for the wind and loss of traction due to the wet conditions. As I continued thru this slop the system seemed to learn what to do and compensate for the external forces acting on the vehicle....it was really amazing. I saw a Honda and Toyota Mini Van whiz by on my left only to see them suddenly spin wildly out of control and eat the guard rail as physics won the battle against them. I was able to comfortably maintain 60~65 MPH thru this mess and did not compromise loss of control once. We have a Mercedes S500 that has a similar system that works well but considering the Escalade weighs a ton more than the S500 does "StabiliTrac" works exceptionally well.
I think the only weakness in my vehicle is tires. The previous owner recently put on a set of Kelly Safari P-265/70 x 17 tires and even though they are decent tires for normal use I don't think they perform at the same level as the Goodyear Eagle F1, Michelin LTX MS/2 or the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza. I think an upgrade to any of these would make a significant difference in the handling of this SUV.
I am probably looking at an upgrade soon to the Michelin in a LTX M/S 2 in size P-275/55 x R20 with OEM 20" Aluminum rims. This should give me the best of the best in all around performance.
In summary...StabiliTrac works and works well....I just hope I don't have to see it working again any time soon.
- 08-28-12 12:03 AM #2Originally Posted by sprink60
And I have drove in heavy rain before just have to careful like you mentioned the Toyota van(crazy nut) sliding out of control when I drove in the snow I seen many people with those in the ditch(too bad there was no hummers to help tow them out)
- 08-28-12 12:27 AM #3
Re: Got to see "Stabilitrac" work today...
You are right...the AWD makes a huge difference in the rain. On a slick street at a stop light...when the light turns green you just go...no slip sliding around...just go.
I haven't tried off road sand yet...I'm almost afraid to since the transfer case doesn't lock up. Have you had yours in any loose off road stuff that 2 WD Limited Slip would not go thru?
- 08-28-12 01:02 AM #4
Ive been thru off road sand to retrieve a busted sandrail in glamis sand dunes here in california i went in with a flatbed trailer loaded the rail and pulled it back to camp with no problems
- 08-28-12 01:21 AM #5Originally Posted by sprink60
my uncles both have part time four wheel drive gm pick ups and most time they forget to engage the four wheel drive before they cross the bad areas one about slid in the ditch because of that mishap also the uncle that almost slide in the ditch his truck has a limited slip rear diff it didn't help on ice with no traction
P.s the transfer case locks up depending on the conditions I know which is a big difference between needing a tow and getting where you need to go(also I only had the traction active message one time and it was because I was turning on the highway from my road and was caused by the truck's weight shifting from one side to the other.)