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Old 02-08-2008, 04:40 AM   #35
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I probably will not be driving it in the snow, I have an all-wheel drive Astro for that.
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:11 PM   #36
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Store the camaro. Drive the other.
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:37 PM   #37
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Im not driving my camaro in the snow,we get some bad snow up here in Chicago. Plus all the salt wont be good.

living 15 minutes away from him in northwest indiana and traveling to chicago daily to work i can relate, the only difference really is in indiana (atleast my part) they wait for all the snow to fall then they "might" salt and in chicago though i dislike salt ...the roads are clean! but gettign back to the topic i will be getting my camaro and getting a front wheel drive car as well..perhaps i'll keep my impala i so love and i suggest you do the same.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:27 AM   #38
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Camaro vs. beater

I'm in the same boat. I live in southeast PA, and though our snow isn't that bad, I wonder if it would be worth it to buy a beater. I can't afford to keep the car I have now and I'm not sure if a second POS car is the best idea, financially . Salt sucks but it washes off and as long as you have the right tires and good sense when driving I think it would be ok. If anyone has lived around here in the winter and driven their Camaro please let me know! Thank you!
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:33 AM   #39
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Not exactly an answer to your question....But a friend of mine got a ride home from his friend in a 2000-something Trans Am....in a Blizzard. (I saw him get in the car) Now, I'm not sure what you know about Buffalo - but when I say Blizzard, I mean it: 50+ mph, whiteout conditions, icy roads, the whole shebang. Basically a winter nightmare.

He told me a few days later, that it was possibly the scariest thing he'd ever experienced - but the Trans Am never slipped up once. Granted; it must've taken an amazing driver (I've never met the guy), but still....
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Old 02-14-2008, 01:16 AM   #40
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Not exactly an answer to your question....But a friend of mine got a ride home from his friend in a 2000-something Trans Am....in a Blizzard. (I saw him get in the car) Now, I'm not sure what you know about Buffalo - but when I say Blizzard, I mean it: 50+ mph, whiteout conditions, icy roads, the whole shebang. Basically a winter nightmare.

He told me a few days later, that it was possibly the scariest thing he'd ever experienced - but the Trans Am never slipped up once. Granted; it must've taken an amazing driver (I've never met the guy), but still....
Hey Dragon, no offense but, I personally think it has to do with the tires and weight in the back over the axle. I live in Denver which gets some pretty decent snow (to say the least) and when it snows more than 3 inches that actually sticks to the road I can't move (on the slightest hill). I consider myself a very experienced driver with Camaro's since I've been driving them in the Colorado winters for 12 of my 13 years of driving and another rear wheel drive vehicle (RX-7) for the one year. I feel strongly about the tires because my Camaro now SUCKS in just a dusting of snow and it has very decent tread on the tires but they're some knock off brand. Lesson learned I will not take some free tires from a friend with a shop just to save a few hundred!

All the respect for your friend though for making it in that blizzard . I know first hand it's no easy task to say the least!
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:30 AM   #41
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There's no way in H3LL I'd drive my car in snow let alone a blizzard. I think I drive pretty good but you have to have some big brass ones to drive in conditions like that!!!
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:46 AM   #42
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See, you guys are big worry warts, I'll be taking my Camaro out in the winter, I'm not afraid. When my dad use to have his Trans-am (no longer with us thanks to car thieves) up in NY, he'd put it away in the winter, and bum a ride from a co-worker.
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:01 AM   #43
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I had a 91 Z28 auto. w/ a 5.7 T.P.I.. That thing was a nightmare in snow and ice. I would stop a light and the back tires would keep spinning and I would start drifting into other lanes. Had to take the thing out of drive. I got stuck a any kind of incline. I live in Kansas, winters are not harsh, but they exists. The 91 had 245 Hp and i think 345 trq.
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:11 AM   #44
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It is probably easier to drive the newer models because of TCS and the ability to start in second gear (on the A4s.) I take my hat off to anyone who braves those elements in these cars, LOL.
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:15 AM   #45
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I'll be driving the Camaro probably for a month in snow every year, cuz either I'm dragging my feet in putting it in the garage for the winter or I jump the gun early and pull the Camaro out before spring!
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:34 AM   #46
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lol F*** that. My Camaro won't be seeing daylight in the winter at all. I live in Colorado and snow is always SO unpredictable....even in the damn spring lol. My Camaro may just be a summer car, unless I am off work and can continually monitor the weather. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to work and it's hot outside (even have to roll my windows down) then go look outside on my break and there is like 5 inches on the ground :(
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Old 02-27-2008, 11:25 PM   #47
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Just how impractical is it to use the Camaro as a daily driver? Obviously RWD is not too great in winter weather but I've seen friends with BMWs and other RWD cars do it with a nice set of blizzak snow tires and some intelligent driving. I've been considering making this car my daily driver. Located in CT.
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Old 02-27-2008, 11:52 PM   #48
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Just how impractical is it to use the Camaro as a daily driver? Obviously RWD is not too great in winter weather but I've seen friends with BMWs and other RWD cars do it with a nice set of blizzak snow tires and some intelligent driving. I've been considering making this car my daily driver. Located in CT.
I see people driving chargers, 300's, mustangs, camaros, and firebirds driving all year round. People managed to drive rwd cars in snow for decades, and that was before traction control and ABS. Most avoid winter in their beloved cars because of salt, combined with reduced control. I will drive my camaro for 8-9 months of the year, I will avoid salt like the plague.
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Old 02-28-2008, 01:27 AM   #49
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:01 AM   #50
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I love driving RWD cars in the winter, only with good tires though. Nothing beats being able to power oversteer at will! Heck I went through a couple winters in a lowered Miata here in Buffalo, and it did just fine with the right tires (snows). Snow tires will make the car safe and controllable and you'll be surprised at how fun RWD cars can be in the winter. However, you always need to consider what all that salt does to your car. If you plan on keeping it a long time, (and who doesn't?) then you really have to ask yourself if it's worth destroying the car over time by letting the salt eat away at it. Even washing it as much as you can during the winter will only help so much. It's still getting exposed to massive amounts of salt that gets into places where it may not come out with washing the car. Also if you want to do any mods to it, just remember that corroded cars are much more difficult to work on. For me, my current Camaro is parked for the winter, unless there's a day when the roads are relatively dry and free of salt, then she might get woken up.
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:33 AM   #51
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they dont use salt where Im at in WA. Even if they did Id still drive her. Im from Chicago and Ive never had any problems with rust. Thats where taking care of your car comes into play. Besides I love driving in the snow. If I could afford to have something else to drive in the winter months, I might consider not letting her see the snow....but I doubt Id keep her cooped up all winter
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