the long answer is that it blinks when your front wheels are spinning faster than your rear ones, so it electronically "lets off the throttle" a little for you. (gotta love letting the computer control your throttle...)
Re: Should the ASR idiot light... (spaceman_spiff)
Although I agree that ASR is a real drag when you forget it on and try to launch hard, I have a friend of mine who had a 97 or earlier Passat with ASR that did not have a switch for on/off. He told me that he perfected his launch technique by teaching himself to launch with no wheel spin and therefore never loosing due to cut back throttle. I think it would be a GREAT idea to practice launching with asr enabled and learning to control your car so it goes and doesn't spin in place
definitly turn that thing off if you are trying to accelerate hard. If it hits, it drops the throttle and dumps all your boost. Very annoying.
We need someone to come up with a way to recalibrate how it operates with chipped cars.
Its way too conservative and comes on far too often.
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