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Old 02-04-2012, 11:43 PM   #1
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How do the Camaro drive in the snow?

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I'm in the market for a Camaro SS and I was wondering how the vehicle drives in the snow. I live in Michigan and I was going to use it as my daily driver.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:46 PM   #2
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with snow tires, just as good as any rear wheel drive i assume. i have had no problems at all plowing through the streets at 4 am on the way to work with the snow tires (obviously driving responsibly in the snow)
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:34 AM   #3
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I really couldn't tell you. I imagine not very well, especially if you get more that 6 inches. These cars sit so low, it probably wouldn't take much to get stuck. And, I'd worry about busting off the front spoiler going through a snow drift.

I bought my Camaro with the intention of parking it in the winter. It's NOT my daily driver. We haven't had much snow here in Wisconsin this year (knock on wood) so I have driven my Camaro some to keep the battery charged. But the roads have been dry and snow free.

As far as snow tires go .... hmmmm you'd have to have a complete set of plain Jane rims. That would be an added expense. And somehow, snow tires on a Camaro wouldn't look cool.
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:40 AM   #4
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Added comment. I bought my 2011 in June. I made the comment to my Salesman about the possibility of my trading it in for a 45th Edition Camaro in 2012. He told me, the best time to sell or trade in a Camaro is in the Spring, the worst time is in the Fall. So, I suppose that goes both ways, I would say NOW (winter) is the best time to buy one.
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:42 AM   #5
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makes sense, it seems a lot of people are in the market for old jeep cherokee beaters for the winter (at least around her lol) but they really do handle nicely in a few inches. i havent driven in 6+ or anything yet however....
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:50 AM   #6
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My LS3 does great in the snow. As said, snow tires are a must.

I found a set of 1-season used Pirelli Scorpions on polished factory rims for a great bargain.

I have driven through 8" of fresh, unplowed snow. Car did a great job. As said, you need to use your head, though. Ideally, the best approach if your SS will be your DD is to find a set of skinnier rims/snow tires than factory sizes since they will do a better job in the snow.

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Old 02-05-2012, 01:53 AM   #7
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Good luck going up snow-covered hills on Pzeros. It's doable but you might be doing it sideways.
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:58 AM   #8
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agreed w/ ckaram: i use the pirelli scorpions, they are fantastic in the snow. there was a light snow about a month before i got the scorpions installed, and my p-zeros were of absolutely no help at all. it took a while to get up and running ....
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:59 AM   #9
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I really couldn't tell you. I imagine not very well, especially if you get more that 6 inches. These cars sit so low, it probably wouldn't take much to get stuck. And, I'd worry about busting off the front spoiler going through a snow drift.

I bought my Camaro with the intention of parking it in the winter. It's NOT my daily driver. We haven't had much snow here in Wisconsin this year (knock on wood) so I have driven my Camaro some to keep the battery charged. But the roads have been dry and snow free.

As far as snow tires go .... hmmmm you'd have to have a complete set of plain Jane rims. That would be an added expense. And somehow, snow tires on a Camaro wouldn't look cool.

I live in Iowa and I understand not wanting to drive it in the snow. Mine is put up on jackstands for the winter. As far as the battery goes, you can always buy a trickle charger and plug it in. Keeps your battery from dying.
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:13 AM   #10
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I Have Blizzak on my mine since i live in Alaska the tire cost about 1500, and it drive fine
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:26 AM   #11
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I Have Blizzak on my mine since i live in Alaska the tire cost about 1500, and it drive fine
I love your pic, all that snow and a sparkling clean car!
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:35 AM   #12
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I love your pic, all that snow and a sparkling clean car!


thanks man i just bought it last month and put the new tire on... cant wait until the summer here so i can put back on the others tires and hit the open roads
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:37 AM   #13
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I bought my car earlier this month and am using it as a daily driver here in Wisconsin. As someone previously noted, we've been lucky with snow so far this year, but I still got a new set of wheels with Blizzaks on them. We did get some snow shortly after and I was quite impressed how the car handles. The blizzaks had good traction and the stability control helped out considerably. I felt the Camaro handled better than my ol Hyundai Tiburon. I'm sure the extra 1000lbs helped.
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:44 AM   #14
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I bought my car November 30th. It's a base 1LS (not an RS) so it has all season tires on it. I've only broken loose once and that was when I goosed it on purpose while turning to see if it'd break traction. Traction control kicked in immediately and corrected the car perfectly.
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:50 AM   #15
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With Pirelli Scorpions my Camaro drives fine in the snow including going up hill. It handles better than my fwd Impala SS did with all seasons.
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:48 AM   #16
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This is the third winter in Michigan with my Camaro. First year with the stock 19" all-seasons was ok, but not the greatest. Once I got the Blizzak snow tires, this thing is the best in the winter. With the stabilitrack and traction control it is actually difficult to fishtail it or loose traction (unless you are driving like a complete moron.) Been through over 6" of snow with no issues.
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:51 AM   #17
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Hi

I'm in the market for a Camaro SS and I was wondering how the vehicle drives in the snow. I live in Michigan and I was going to use it as my daily driver.
Snow? What snow? This has been a crazy winter here in Mid-Michigan! We have no snow on the ground and none in the immediate future... as I said... CRAZY!

BTW... I had Scorpions on my 2010 Camaro and they were great... as others mentioned easily made it through 6 to 8 inches of unplowed snow!
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:08 AM   #18
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I live in Iowa and I understand not wanting to drive it in the snow. Mine is put up on jackstands for the winter. As far as the battery goes, you can always buy a trickle charger and plug it in. Keeps your battery from dying.
Hey not trying to bash or anything, but the camaro's suspension is meant to be under load, meaning that it is NOT meant to be on jackstands for extended periods of time... such as a whole winter.
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:11 AM   #19
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I got mine out and going last year during the groundhog day blizzard with the Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow tires.

You will be fine.

Turn off Traction control if you are getting stuck, this will allow the tires to spin down to get traction, then turn it back on once you are moving.
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No snow this winter, but last winter had quite a bit while on leave in Ohio... on my P-Zeros in 4+ inches and no problems at all. If you can't drive in snow to begin with, you will have problems.
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Turn off Traction control if you are getting stuck, this will allow the tires to spin down to get traction, then turn it back on once you are moving.
Didn't know that. Will keep that in mind! I may try this in a parking lot the next time we get snowfall.
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Didn't know that. Will keep that in mind! I may try this in a parking lot the next time we get snowfall.
That is the original intent of being able to disable traction control.

Drove a lot of people crazy when they first introduced traction control.
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I bought Blizzak WS70s and MSW14 17" rims from Tire Rack for ~$850 shipped. These tires are absolutely amazing!


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I really couldn't tell you. I imagine not very well, especially if you get more that 6 inches. These cars sit so low, it probably wouldn't take much to get stuck. And, I'd worry about busting off the front spoiler going through a snow drift.

I bought my Camaro with the intention of parking it in the winter. It's NOT my daily driver. We haven't had much snow here in Wisconsin this year (knock on wood) so I have driven my Camaro some to keep the battery charged. But the roads have been dry and snow free.

As far as snow tires go .... hmmmm you'd have to have a complete set of plain Jane rims. That would be an added expense. And somehow, snow tires on a Camaro wouldn't look cool.
As somebody who drives their Camaro SS every day in the snow, I completely disagree with this ^

My SS drives better in the snow (with proper snow tires, of course) than any other vehicle I've driven. Better than my 4x4 Toyota pickup, better than my Hummer H3T. No joke. Plenty of low end torque and a 50/50 weight distribution make this a great winter vehicle. As far as getting stuck: you won't if you don't do anything stupid. The TC and StabilliTrack work wonders.

6" of snow is no problem. And nobody in their right mind would plow into a drift big enough to damage the front end anyways so that's a moot point.

As far as snow tires on a Camaro not looking cool, I beg to differ. I did get decent rims instead of just plain steel wheels (which look pretty cool anyways, esp in black) but regardless, I think all would agree that it does not look "not cool"

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no, when the road maintance guys start spreading ashe and salt SB goes in to "dry Dock" til we get some hard rain in the spring to wash the road treatments away. Don't have a problem with people that drive there's in the snow this time of year and if I did have to drive it in some light snow it wouldn't be that big a deal but I try to not to if I don't have to, and I don't. Live close to work and have use of a truck whenever I have to run a couple errons now and then. more than happy to keep SB clean and safe . To each there own!
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