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Old 10-09-2012, 10:47 AM   #1
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Just want to make sure Im not the only one that has issues when it comes to this car! I had her out yesterday it was cloudy and according to the weather clowns had a few hours before the showers............... So Im on the highway about 4 miles from home and the drops start hitting the windshield! Now keep in mind Im the person who had a hard time putting a hose to the car for the first time LOL. As the drops started to fall so did my right foot, I was hitting the garage door opener button about a mile away from the house. I got her home before the pavement got wet and had minimal water drops to towel off! I know little much but i figure some of you would get a laugh out of my little story........ Im ready to be made fun of
Any way I hope all of you are enjoying your Z's and I hope anyone still waiting is getting close!
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:50 AM   #2
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understood.....was the same way with my '69 Z.....now, with the '13 ZL1, I'm looking out the window for clouds before I pull out of the garage......after checking the weather, of course.......hah!
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:54 AM   #3
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Im the same way with my 68 SS/RS owned it for 30yrs now and have only been caught in the rain once since it was restored way back when............
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:33 AM   #4
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My siggy shows where my cars sit 24/7 ... Guess what they haven't melted yet ... Ya'll need to seek some help, if you can't cope with a little water and dirt in your life. IMO the car is not worth having if your going to just stress over it all the time. IT'S JUST A CAR !!!
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:41 AM   #5
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I pull the Z out of the garage over the weekend, washed and waxed it. took a few pics and put her back.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:48 AM   #6
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Yup, these things sat for months out in the Canadian snow before deleivered. As my DD, I cant let a little rain bother me, even though I am in the garage every night with my California Duster. My '69 is the garage queen, lord knows I do not need two.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:54 AM   #7
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My siggy shows where my cars sit 24/7 ... Guess what they haven't melted yet ... Ya'll need to seek some help, if you can't cope with a little water and dirt in your life. IMO the car is not worth having if your going to just stress over it all the time. IT'S JUST A CAR !!!
+1 Even though my car is in a garage I definitely don't shy away from rain. I don't plan to drive in it but if I get caught in the rain it's all good.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:58 AM   #8
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Its not just ZL1's...LMAO! I use ALL 750 HP if i see just ONE rain drop! I PITTY the FOOL that gets in between me and my garage...LOL!!! I was destined to be like this from the day i was born. I come from a car fanatic Family. My Grandfather drove the same car his whole life. To me it shows who treats their car as JUST a car vs those of use that take great pride in our rides and treat them like the Precious Trusty STEEDs that they are!
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:58 AM   #9
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IMO the car is not worth having if your going to just stress over it all the time. IT'S JUST A CAR !!!
my car is more than just a car to me. it's an extension of myself and it describes me to a tee. my wife tells me that me and my car are one. she says my Bee looks like it always has an attitude. just like it's owner. lol

but seriously, the car is more than just a car. I take very good care of him. this along with other reasons is why I cannot go anywhere w/o people staring or walking up to me asking questions about the car. this is to say nothing about the customers that come in my store asking about the Bumblebee parked out front.

now, I guess this would be different if I just drove a regular car. then I guess I would consider it just a car. but then again, would driving "just a (regular) car" get me that much attention? umm, I say no.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:25 PM   #10
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honeslty I don't mind driving in the rain but I don't like my car to sit outside 24/7. then again cars just stay in better condition when stored indoors.

I live in oregon though it rains 364 days a year and summer is on a Wednesday. You have to drive in the rain ever once in a wile. If I lived somewhere else I proabalby would not drive my Zl1 in the rain. That is what i have my POS dart for.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:28 PM   #11
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:41 PM   #12
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Just want to make sure Im not the only one that has issues when it comes to this car! I had her out yesterday it was cloudy and according to the weather clowns had a few hours before the showers............... So Im on the highway about 4 miles from home and the drops start hitting the windshield! Now keep in mind Im the person who had a hard time putting a hose to the car for the first time LOL. As the drops started to fall so did my right foot, I was hitting the garage door opener button about a mile away from the house. I got her home before the pavement got wet and had minimal water drops to towel off! I know little much but i figure some of you would get a laugh out of my little story........ Im ready to be made fun of
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:48 PM   #13
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Yup, these things sat for months out in the Canadian snow before deleivered. As my DD, I cant let a little rain bother me, even though I am in the garage every night with my California Duster. My '69 is the garage queen, lord knows I do not need two.
Not sure about your Z but mine was built on June 14th ( there abouts) and was at my dealer on July 17th............ might have seen a bit of rain while sitting but snow?????? I dont think so........ Got to love the California Duster

The thing that bothers me the most, and this is just me..... I hate the bottom of the car and engine compartment getting messed up from wet roadway. For me also its not just a car, God Bless all that can drop the 60k and think of it as just another car. Everyone is diffrent I just like my toys to be spotless top and bottom.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:55 PM   #14
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my car is more than just a car to me. it's an extension of myself and it describes me to a tee. my wife tells me that me and my car are one. she says my Bee looks like it always has an attitude. just like it's owner. lol

but seriously, the car is more than just a car. I take very good care of him. this along with other reasons is why I cannot go anywhere w/o people staring or walking up to me asking questions about the car. this is to say nothing about the customers that come in my store asking about the Bumblebee parked out front.

now, I guess this would be different if I just drove a regular car. then I guess I would consider it just a car. but then again, would driving "just a (regular) car" get me that much attention? umm, I say no.
If that is you in the picture with the car, I am kinda thinking folks might be curious about more than just the car....
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:14 PM   #15
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I've been caught in the rain in mine, but if there's a good chance of rain I'll leave it at home. It's too much trouble to wash two dirty black cars if I can avoid it.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:19 PM   #16
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I used to kid with a member of our Camaro club because he (like some of you) wouldn't even THINK about taking the car out of the garage unless the weather forcast was for clear skys for the next three days.

He explained to me that it wasn't really the rain coming down, it was the water kicking up from the road getting the under carrage wet.

But then he told me of another guy he knew that would actually crawl under his car with a pocket mirror on a long rod to examine and clean the TOPS of his mufflers.

Now tha's getting just a wee bit OCD as far as I'm concerned, but then again I'm THE guy that figures, 'it's just a car. it won't actually melt in the rain'
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:30 PM   #17
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Everybody treats them differently. One question, if it's just a car, why not settle for an '85 Escort, an '87 Caravan or maybe go top notch with a new Chevy Spark? It's just a car right? Who cares what kind of vehicle it is, it's simply a form of transportation. I take pride in what I own (not to say others don't), so mine stays in the garage until it's sunny outside.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:47 PM   #18
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I used to kid with a member of our Camaro club because he (like some of you) wouldn't even THINK about taking the car out of the garage unless the weather forcast was for clear skys for the next three days.

He explained to me that it wasn't really the rain coming down, it was the water kicking up from the road getting the under carrage wet.

But then he told me of another guy he knew that would actually crawl under his car with a pocket mirror on a long rod to examine and clean the TOPS of his mufflers.

Now tha's getting just a wee bit OCD as far as I'm concerned, but then again I'm THE guy that figures, 'it's just a car. it won't actually melt in the rain'



I'm beginning to think it's an age thing. After being around for almost 60 years now and surviving multiple heart attacks, I've learned not to sweat the little things. That doesn't mean I don't take pride in the things I have. I wash my cars every week, but I also won't think twice about jumping in one of them and run out to the store if it's raining. For me life is short, I would rather spend my time driving my cars rather than just look at them.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:11 PM   #19
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I'm beginning to think it's an age thing. After being around for almost 60 years now and surviving multiple heart attacks, I've learned not to sweat the little things. That doesn't mean I don't take pride in the things I have. I wash my cars every week, but I also won't think twice about jumping in one of them and run out to the store if it's raining. For me life is short, I would rather spend my time driving my cars rather than just look at them.
Funny that you should mention that. As a matter of fact I DID have a heart attack 4 years ago, and I just took delivery of my ZL1 Vert on the day before my 60th birthday.

Yes, at our age you do have a tendancy to look at things a bit differently. and your priorities change.

As you say, I still take great pride in my car, I just don't feel the need to get as OCD as some people do.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:33 PM   #20
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If that is you in the picture with the car, I am kinda thinking folks might be curious about more than just the car....
If you would of read his post, you would have realized the person is a DUDE!! I'm sure the girl in his sig is a model that posed with his car.
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Funny that you should mention that. As a matter of fact I DID have a heart attack 4 years ago, and I just took delivery of my ZL1 Vert on the day before my 60th birthday.

Yes, at our age you do have a tendancy to look at things a bit differently. and your priorities change.

As you say, I still take great pride in my car, I just don't feel the need to get as OCD as some people do.
Yes, for us old farts that have reached the halfway point of life or more, we like to enjoy the days we have left. Maxine got rained on a lot on the way to CF3 and then back. She sat in the frozen tundra for months before I got her so I figure a little sunshine and rain has to be better than being frozen solid. Enjoy life, drive the car, it wants to be driven. Don't believe me, listen to the exhaust it will tell you that it wants to go out and play.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:50 PM   #22
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If I see dark clouds I leave mine in the garage which is airconditioned and heated I will keep the garage at 65F this winter.
I'm going to put her away for the winter this year as I'm not willing to take anymore stone chips its bugging the h##l out of me.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:53 PM   #23
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Everybody treats them differently. One question, if it's just a car, why not settle for an '85 Escort, an '87 Caravan or maybe go top notch with a new Chevy Spark? It's just a car right? Who cares what kind of vehicle it is, it's simply a form of transportation. I take pride in what I own (not to say others don't), so mine stays in the garage until it's sunny outside.
You can take pride in your car and still think of it as "just a car". It is one bad ass car that is a blast to drive to work and on the track, but in the end, YES it is "just" a car. As stated, this is my DD, I love it, clean it constantly, but will not call in sick to work ED it rains. It is "just" a car. I have more important things to worry about in life, like my wife and two kids, than cleaning the underside of a 2012 Chevy every time I roll over a wet spot in the road. I will have the thing for a few years, drive the piss out of it (roadcourse included), clean it many times in between, and then sell it and move on. Your statement implies that you cannot take pride in your vehicle if you drive it ED rain or shine which I take offense to.
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Not sure about your Z but mine was built on June 14th ( there abouts) and was at my dealer on July 17th............ might have seen a bit of rain while sitting but snow?????? I dont think so........ Got to love the California Duster

The thing that bothers me the most, and this is just me..... I hate the bottom of the car and engine compartment getting messed up from wet roadway. For me also its not just a car, God Bless all that can drop the 60k and think of it as just another car. Everyone is diffrent I just like my toys to be spotless top and bottom.

Regardless, you would have never known the difference either way. Wheather it was sitting in snow for two months, or rained on one day before delivery, you would never be able to tell the difference.
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You can take pride in your car and still think of it as "just a car". It is one bad ass car that is a blast to drive to work and on the track, but in the end, YES it is "just" a car. As stated, this is my DD, I love it, clean it constantly, but will not call in sick to work ED it rains. It is "just" a car. I have more important things to worry about in life, like my wife and two kids, than cleaning the underside of a 2012 Chevy every time I roll over a wet spot in the road. I will have the thing for a few years, drive the piss out of it (roadcourse included), clean it many times in between, and then sell it and move on. Your statement implies that you cannot take pride in your vehicle if you drive it ED rain or shine which I take offense to.
Perhaps you have a reading comprehension problem. My statement clearly says, "I take pride in the things I own (not to say others don't)...". What I said in no way, shape or form says you have to lock the car in your garage, put a boot on the wheel and keep it underneath 5 car covers to "care" about it or "take pride in it". Everybody treats them differently. With that being said, I don't care if you buy a Z ($60,000) and drive it in the rain, snow, sleet, hail, mud, slop, drive it to the store and park in between 2 handicapped spots, park it next to a cart return, allow it to sit outside 24/7 having the scorching sun eat the paint off of it, etc., etc., etc.. It's the owner's deal. Everybody treats them differently and I'm sure most owners take pride in their cars. FYI: I suppose the apple doesn't fall from the tree. My Dad bought his ZL1 after he retired on his 55th Birthday this past year as a gift to himself. It stays in the garage, covered, waiting for a sunny to bring it out and play. My SS Vert does the same. Enjoy your cars guys and girls!
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