Compass on ICE!!! (2006-07)
While growing up in the deep South I wouldn't have appreciated the need for having a separate thread for ice versus snow, but I now know better!
Of course, I'm not referring to roads covered in solid ice, but I had my first experience with quite a bit of patchy ice yesterday. My Compass - and I've got FWD - performed flawlessly. I'm still not totally sure if the ESP provides any assist unless you are headed toward a rollover, but SOMETHING kicked in to help me out when I drove over a small icy patch at approximately 20 miles per hour. I felt a slight "bump" - and absolutely no sense of going in any direction except for straight ahead, which is what I wanted.
The ABS works well, too. I live at the top of a hill, and as usual there was a 2-foot wide patch of ice at the bottom of the hill, about 20 to 30 feet before a stop sign. I usually don't sweat about this, because for years I've just started braking about 100 feet ahead of the patch, let it slide slowly over the foot or two of ice, and then use the remaining 20 to 30 feet to come to a complete stop. Yesterday, I didn't feel any sliding, and definitely didn't feel any "fishtailing."
Looks like the Compass is a keeper; I can only imagine how well AWD would do in this sort of weather. Anyone else have some good experiences to report in patchy ice?