Tried all of these combo's:
Default is VSC on when the car is started. Traction control on, Skid control on, Engine Management on.
#1) One press while driving: VSC off light comes on, traction control is on, VSC is on, Engine management (killing throttle while wheels slip) is off.
#2) One press while car is stopped, but still in gear (Drive): Same results as #1.
#3) Press and hold for different intervals, while car is stopped and while in motion. 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 15 seconds: Same results as #1.
#4) Press and hold for 30 seconds, while car is stopped and while in motion: VSC Off light is ON for 30 seconds, then shuts OFF. VSC button no longer responds to pressing. Vehicle systems act in default setting. Shut off car, turn it back on, VSC button operates normally. Owners manual confirms this function.
The thing I don't get is that the owners manual says:
"Pressing the switch to deactivate the Vehicle Dynamics Control system can facilitate the following operations.
-A standing start on a steeply sloping road with a snowy, gravel-covered, or otherwise slippery surface
-Extrication of the vehicle when its wheels are stuck in mud or deep snow.
When the switch is pressed during engine operation, the Vehicle Dynamics Control OFF indicator light on the combination meter illuminates. The Vehicle Dynamics Control system will be deactivated and the vehicle will behave like a model not equipped with the Vehicle Dynamics Control system.
When the switch is pressed again to reactivate the Vehicle Dynamics Control system, the Vehicle Dynamics Control OFF indicator light turns off. With the Vehicle Dynamics Control system deactivated, traction and stability enhancement offered by Vehicle Dynamics Control system is unavailable.
Therefore you should not deactivate the Vehicle Dynamics Control system except under above-mentioned situations.
-The Vehicle Dynamics Control system will be activated automatically when the engine is started. If the switch is held down for 30 seconds or longer, the indicator light turns off, the Vehicle Dynamics Control system is activated, and the system ignores any further pressing of the switch. To make the switch usable again, turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position and restart the engine.
-When the switch is pressed to deactivate the Vehicle Dynamics Control system, the vehicles running performance is comparable with that of a vehicle that does not have a Vehicle Dynamics Control system
. Do not deactivate the Vehicle Dynamics Control system except when absolutely necessary.
-Even when the Vehicle Dynamics Control system is deactivated, components of the brake control system may still activate. When the brake control system is activated, the Vehicle Dynamics Control operation indicator light flashes.
According to this, the Traction control, Skid control, and Engine Management should be off. Until you get to the last two lines, where it says they may still be on? Doesn't make any sense.