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Old 09-25-2013, 02:29 AM   #1
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Camaro winter driving checklist

Okay, so this will be my first winter in Canada driving my camaro. Its against my hopes, but last winter my winter beater ended up beating up my wallet between repairs and insurance; therefore I will be driving my reliable, under warranty, 2011 camaro 2SS in the winter and here is the list of what I gathered so far.

1) Bridgestone Blizzaks LM-60 245/45/20 all around on stock rims (I will get a new set of tires and rims for next summer maybe some 21's)

2) ZL1 Splash guards from RPI designs to protect from gravel and debris on the roads (I have ground effects package installed) (haven't installed guards yet, just ordered them)

3) Plat-Lust (paint protection and seats protection) / Rust undercarriage protection. [Dealer Installed/ applied ]

4) 3M Clear Film protection to full bumper, head lamps, fog lamps, side mirrors, edge of doors, and gills.

5) Winter mats

6) Krown rust inhibitor will be applied in october.

7) Shovel and anti scratch snow brush in trunk

8) total plus extended warranty from dealership (60months/120K)

Thats it pretty much what I got. Am I missing something ? Any advice for driving your camaro in the winter ?

Thanks!!
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:52 AM   #2
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9) Good insurance for when some jerk who doesn't know how to drive in the snow loses control and slams into your car.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:10 AM   #3
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havent driven this car in the snow yet either....worried about other drivers mainly but even still. a somewhat high horsepower car + RWD + snow usually is a bad mix.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:41 AM   #4
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with all the money you'll spend on the things just hit up autotrader and buy a new beater. not worth it to risk the camaro imo.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:42 AM   #5
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Proper Camaro Winter Check List:

(1) Beater Car ( )
(2) Park Camaro in garage ( )
(3) Change Oil ( )
(4) Car Cover ( )

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Old 09-25-2013, 07:12 AM   #6
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swacer, That a really good plan in my eyes.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:13 AM   #7
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Proper Camaro Winter Check List:

(1) Beater Car ( )
(2) Park Camaro in garage ( )
(3) Change Oil ( )
(4) Car Cover ( )

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I'd at battery tender and fuel stabilizer to that list.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:22 AM   #8
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I drove my 2011 2SS in the winter on the factory Pirellis this winter, North Dakota lol. But i bought some snow tires for this upcoming winter tho. The car handled pretty well even on street tires, but I think its due to my driving skills. Just take off lightly, slow acceleration, and keep the revs low.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:22 AM   #9
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Look a Camaro is a nice car but you aren't getting anymore money for it on trade if you store it winters.

These things have stability control and TC so 4 snows and she is good.

I think I will use regular gas this winter as octane requirements are less in the cold and besides you don't need all that power in the winter.

As long as it gets washed frequently your good to go.

BTW OP add some Weather Guard custom fit rubber mats to that list.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:31 AM   #10
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I'd at battery tender and fuel stabilizer to that list.
I shortened the list for reading ease lol
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:37 AM   #11
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Looks like you're set for winter here. Just be cautious of the gravel the city likes to use. My windshield sparkles like crazy from it after 2 winters.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:42 AM   #12
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:44 AM   #13
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I should freak you guys out with the pictures of my car covered in snow last winter. The Camaro handled the snow better than my Suburban.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:45 AM   #14
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Alot of people are perplexed I would drive mine in the winter here in Vermont. I keep getting the "It's two wheel drive!". 2-wheel peel is all I have ever owned even on my trucks. I've always said if I can't drive some where with two wheel drive than I shouldn't be on the road.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:53 AM   #15
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If I had to id drive mine in the winter but I was able to pick up a grand cherokee for 900 bucks. So might as well garage it and not risk it. But to the OP you got a good list going. Maybe add an out door cover for any crazy winter nights, might wanna throw it on for the night.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:56 AM   #16
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Are you the red ss with black stripes who followed me yesterday on Crowchild for a bit?

I drove mine last winter on blizzaks and had no issues. Actually, I found the car quite fun to drive. Mines a 2SS as well, and it handled the snow amazingly. There were a couple of times I got caught in storms, got off deerfoot and took slower routes as the roads were very icy and I would lose traction. If you drive it according to conditions, you'll be fine. It's other drivers I'd worry about, but knock on wood, I've never had a winter accident!

Your list sounds awesome, you are well prepared!
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:57 AM   #17
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It sounds like you are more than prepared! I say just relax and go easy on the loud pedal.

I drove mine last winter and I will be again this year. I have blizzaks, steelies, and weathertech mats. I should probably look into rust protection. I googled Crown which you mentioned, but they don't have them in the US.

Can anybody recommend any good rust inhibitors? Anybody use Ziebart?
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:19 AM   #18
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I would get some jumper cables in there too. It is unlikely that your battery is old enough to have issues yet, however weather change is the most common cause of battery failure.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:22 AM   #19
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The Camaro will handle the snow fine with a good set of snow tires. However, there are days when the snow is deep enough or the roads are icy enough that it's not worth it to me to take my Camaro out.

Luckily I'm picking up a beater SUV for the really bad winter days today!
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:13 AM   #20
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U are nuts. my firebird gets stuck if its snowing in another state. i want all seasons on the rs i am looking at for rain and colder temps but have envoy for snow
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:30 AM   #21
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U are nuts. my firebird gets stuck if its snowing in another state. i want all seasons on the rs i am looking at for rain and colder temps but have envoy for snow
You really can't compare an F body with a 5th gen. The 5th gen is much more competent in the snow.
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:13 AM   #22
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Proper Camaro Winter Check List:

(1) Beater Car ( )
(2) Park Camaro in garage ( )
(3) Change Oil ( )
(4) Car Cover ( )

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I'd at battery tender and fuel stabilizer to that list.
All the above with a wash & detail before storing and a couple of boxes of mothballs to chase the rodents away.

I can't justify driving my Camaro in the winter when I have a 4x4 pickup. It's about all the chemicals and idiots that are all over the roads all winter. Much rather the pickup take the abuse winter brings.

Your Camaro will drive great with a good set of winter tires and a driver who understands how to drive in adverse conditions.
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:14 AM   #23
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I drove my car in the snow last year without too many issues. The torque is a killer but as long as you know how to drive RWD in snow you will be okay. Here is a picture of my car in 3.5-4" of snow last year....
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:16 AM   #24
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I should freak you guys out with the pictures of my car covered in snow last winter. The Camaro handled the snow better than my Suburban.
My Camaro in the snow last year was like a snow eater, Blizzacks and cat litter bags in the trunk.
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:23 AM   #25
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Move to Southern AZ.
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