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Old 05-11-2013, 01:05 AM   #35
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Been almost a year and I've never even had to wash it. Dust it off every time I park it. A little quick detailer here and there and she's good as new. Rain sucks! What's the point of driving a car with 600HP in the rain anyway. I have a hard enough time getting traction when it's dry!
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:40 AM   #36
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On a slightly different note, I almost always have either washed my car the night before or the day of getting together with my car group, even to go to the drag strip. That means some weeks I've washed it three times.

Anyway, so it was dirty Thursday when we went to the strip. I had been out of town and just met them there. One of the guys was kind enough to come up and point at the door and say "you have bird poop on your door." HEY, I Know, thanks for pointing it out captain obvious. But whatever, Bertha and I are going to have some quality time Saturday
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:12 AM   #37
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If you don't drive them, or afraid of the rain then you are missing out.

Why keep your car showroom perfect nice for the next owner.... Get out and enjoy it!

That's why we write the big checks to have toys like this anyway
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:34 AM   #38
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I have issues...

My issues with driving in the rain aren't really about keeping her clean:
1) Loss of traction
2) Flash flooding (always a problem in Houston)
3) Air extractor allowing water inside the engine bay

First 2 = potential loss of my baby!!
Third one: I know the ECF is designed to keep water away from sensitive areas, there's just something about a 'drain hole' in the hood that makes me cringe if it rains on her....
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:56 AM   #39
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I can totally feel for the OP because I'm the same way about all my cars.
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:10 AM   #40
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2012 Camaro ZL1 #1883

I just like to keep mine out of the rain if at all possible. I've been caught a few times in the rain I just make sure they don't dry in sun light. Don't want water spots.
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:48 AM   #41
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Well I daily mine so it sees all weather snow rain ice. But I can understand if it WASNT my dd then it only see sunshine
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:44 PM   #42
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I just like to keep mine out of the rain if at all possible. I've been caught a few times in the rain I just make sure they don't dry in sun light. Don't want water spots.
You sir, have some beautiful cars!
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:18 PM   #43
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No rain here, drive the mustang in the rain. Don't want to have to detail the engine compartment. i like opening the hood and seeing it clean. It almost happened once, i had to go home and have a drink to clam down.LOL
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:05 PM   #44
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^ lol Too funny!
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:25 AM   #45
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My 99 Corvette has never been in the rain and my ZL1 never will be either. Not that the rain really matters, just don't use them unless it's really nice out.
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:58 PM   #46
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There are 4 brand NEW ZL1s in the parking lot of the local dealer. They're trashed out from the rain and pollen. Some day one will be owned by someone who will say, mine has never been in the rain. If I never drove mine when there was a chance of rain, or ran home at the first sprinkle, I'd never get to enjoy driving it.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:45 PM   #47
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the main reason I don't drive in the rain is....the roads are filthy where I live...and I'd hate to dirty up the engine compartment every time after a rain fall... I have a jeep and a truck made for that stuff.... plus I want to keep this car in great pristine condition for my son who is now 10 when he is get his full blown license... he's going to be one lucky kid.
Thanks for all the replies guys, really enjoyed reading everyone of them... cheers!

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Old 05-14-2013, 11:06 AM   #48
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There are 4 brand NEW ZL1s in the parking lot of the local dealer. They're trashed out from the rain and pollen. Some day one will be owned by someone who will say, mine has never been in the rain. If I never drove mine when there was a chance of rain, or ran home at the first sprinkle, I'd never get to enjoy driving it.
I think when most people say never been in the rain they mean never driven in the rain. Sitting in the rain doesn't get the underside all dirty like driving in the rain. Like I said I don't really see what it hurts, I just don't use them if it's not a really nice day.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:23 PM   #49
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you really think it's a good idea to let a 16 year old kid with a fresh license get behind the wheel of a high performance car like the ZL1? If it were my kid, at 16 he'd be lucky to get behind of a high-mileage LT Camaro, let alone a "pristine" ZL1. If we're still around 6years from now, let me know how that turns out!
6 years down the road I think a stock car with 580hp will be low on the totem pole. Unless they come out with restrictions because HP is increasing like crazy every year for stock cars.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:52 PM   #50
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I don't drive in the rain because I want to keep this car in great pristine condition for my son who is now 10. When he gets his license he's going to be one lucky kid.
Josh Ammirato's father thought he was being nice to his son when he gave him the keys to his BMW M5. (see news report below)

Five young men were killed early Saturday, January 26, 2008, at Greystone Airport in Florida when the 2008 BMW M5 sports sedan they were traveling in crashed in a high speed accident after being driven on the actual airport strip. Behind the wheel was 18-year-old Joshua Ammirato and riding along in the car were four of his friends. They were returning from a party.

According to local news sources in Ocala, the car skidded at the end of the runway, turned sideways and then sailed up an embankment before crashing into a tree and bursting into flames. The car, which was registered to Ammirato’s father, broke into two pieces after hitting the tree.

Interestingly, Ammirato posted messages on an M5 forum only 12 hours before the crash seeking advice on how to shift gears smoothly when the car was in its max 500hp setting. Some of his posts included: "The problem is when I'm going pedal to the metal pushing 140 and upshifting, there tends to be thud noise with the gear change," and “I am beginner when it comes to high performance cars as I am only 18”.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:54 PM   #51
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Josh Ammirato's father thought he was being nice to his son when he gave him the keys to his BMW M5. (see news report below)

Five young men were killed early Saturday, January 26, 2008, at Greystone Airport in Florida when the 2008 BMW M5 sports sedan they were traveling in crashed in a high speed accident after being driven on the actual airport strip. Behind the wheel was 18-year-old Joshua Ammirato and riding along in the car were four of his friends. They were returning from a party.

According to local news sources in Ocala, the car skidded at the end of the runway, turned sideways and then sailed up an embankment before crashing into a tree and bursting into flames. The car, which was registered to Ammirato’s father, broke into two pieces after hitting the tree.

Interestingly, Ammirato posted messages on an M5 forum only 12 hours before the crash seeking advice on how to shift gears smoothly when the car was in its max 500hp setting. Some of his posts included: "The problem is when I'm going pedal to the metal pushing 140 and upshifting, there tends to be thud noise with the gear change," and “I am beginner when it comes to high performance cars as I am only 18”.
How did they get on the airstripe returning from a party?
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