How i learned to stop worrying and love the bomb ESP Defeat...
Right, so it doesn't take a whole lot of searching to find a couple of threads on Vortex talking about how to code out ESP on the MKIV R32 with the MK60 ABS controller.
Fire up VCDS, go to Controller03 which is ABS
Original soft-coding for a MK60 controller'd MKIV R32 should be 0023049 which translates to ABS/ESL/EDL/ASR active.
Hit the Login07 button, and enter 40168
You should now be free to recode to 0021001 which strips all bar EDL and ABS. Hit do it, logout, and you're done. In theory, the button on the dash for ESP shouldn't work....
All of the above is simple enough, but the problem i faced, is that my MK60 ABS controller has the FWD moniker attached, and my standard soft-coding was set to 0019970.
So hunted around and found some information relating to the FWD controllers found in Anni, late 6 speed AUQ 1.8Ts, PDs, basically anything 6speed and FWD with the base soft-coding of 0019970 or 0020098
The two options i found were 0018945 which would leave ABS/EDL/ASR enabled, or 0004097 which disables all but ABS. Unfortunatley, the only one my controller would take (after using the above login code) was the latter, meaning i now have nothing but ABS. In a fairly yobbish fashion, i went out last night, found a damn bit of road, and dropped the clutch.......yup......no ASR or EDL! Then drove along it and jumped on the brakes, and yup......ABS kicked in.
So there we go, hopefully that's useful to some of you!
There are some soft-codes that allegedly work on the MK20 controller, but they are apparently very hit or miss, and from what i can tell, almost no ESP cars in the UK had MK20 controllers