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Old 05-10-2013, 01:28 PM   #26
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:34 PM   #27
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it's rain.. who cares.. wash it and move on.. it's not like it's a priceless one of a kind collectors car that should be in a museum.

mine is a daily driver, sits in the driveway with the other cars because the garage is a workshop and houses my motorcycle so there is no room..

I'm glad I lost that over the top anal line of thinking and stress about things like this.. There are so many more important things in life to worry about besides "oh no a door ding" "oh no a drop of rain" "oh no i farted in my car"
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:35 PM   #28
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it's rain.. who cares.. wash it and move on.. it's not like it's a priceless one of a kind collectors car that should be in a museum.

mine is a daily driver, sits in the driveway with the other cars because the garage is a workshop and houses my motorcycle so there is no room..

I'm glad I lost that over the top anal line of thinking and stress about things like this.. There are so many more important things in life to worry about besides "oh no a door ding" "oh no a drop of rain" "oh no i farted in my car"
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:07 PM   #29
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My car was rained on while driving it home from the dealer. What is different from the water test they do in the factory or washing it and a little rain. Never understood people's the issue with rain? It is a car and they are designed to survive rain. Just drive it and enjoy.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:16 PM   #30
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:37 PM   #31
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I understand the desire to keep the car looking its best. I haven't driven my ZL1 in the rain yet, but it isn't my daily driver. For me, I don't even like to drive the car if it is dirty (read dusty).

I don't care about any of my other cars, but the Z is special. Don't worry what other say or do. If you want it immaculate then go for it. If you want to drive it as a daily driver, that's cool too. Whatever floats your boat.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:54 PM   #32
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I understand the desire to keep the car looking its best. I haven't driven my ZL1 in the rain yet, but it isn't my daily driver. For me, I don't even like to drive the car if it is dirty (read dusty).

I don't care about any of my other cars, but the Z is special. Don't worry what other say or do. If you want it immaculate then go for it. If you want to drive it as a daily driver, that's cool too. Whatever floats your boat.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:03 PM   #33
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My '02 got drizzled on 2 times in the 10 years that I had it. I never drove it in the rain the entire time I had it and the engine bay looked like it had just came off the assembly line when I sold it. The guy that bought it said that I must have spent a lot of time detailing the engine compartment for it to look that good, and I told him that I had never driven the car in the rain and never detailed the engine compartment. I really enjoyed that car but when I sold it I realized that a lot of time that I could have enjoyed driving it was missed because I didn't want to take the chance of it getting any rain on it. I am the same way with my bikes.
I have promised myself that when the '13 gets here, that I am going to enjoy it more and not be so anal about keeping it immaculate like I did the last one. I also have a '98 Twin Turbo Supra I bought new for my wife that would past for showroom condition today, doesn't have 70K miles yet.


In short, I know where you are coming from, but I think we cheat ourselves out of some of the fun that our toys could give us if we were not so anal about perfection.
I am no help to the OP, because I am anal to a fault. Causes problems.
But the last phrase in your post sums it up. I am trying to change my behavior concerning my car, but it's slow and painful.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:04 PM   #34
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I washed it today it was sunny as could be.. Then guess what happened, oh yeah, it rained...
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:05 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, 03:40 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, 08:12 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, 08:34 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, 08:56 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, 10:10 AM   #40
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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.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:48 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, 12:44 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, 06:18 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, 08:05 PM   #44
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:25 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, 07:58 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, 10:45 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, 10:06 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, 12:23 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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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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