I can agree that really stupid damage can be done to a car by turning off the ESP. A friend of mine told me to give it a try, that you can whip it around a lil w/the ESP off. I decided to be an @sshole one night and give it a try. I was in my neighborhood and wanted to take a sharp turn to see what it'd be like - if I'd fishtail or what.
I turned it off, whipped around the turn, spun out of control and ran down a fire heidrant in the process. $2,000 later, I had a new front bumper and foglight installed.
The next morning I was just in shock, wondering what in Gds name i was doing treating my $65,000 car like a stolen go-cart.
Talk about a kick in the nuts