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Old 08-05-2008, 11:01 AM   #1
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2010 Camaro SS manual daily driver

I live in Northern Illinois.

Our winters are pretty mild with occasionally a big snow storm. Our streets get cleared pretty quickly also.

I work 14 days a month and drive only 2 miles to work.

My question; If I get a set of the best snow tires from Tirerack with 17-18" wheels will I go through snow? With the traction control I figure it would be ok. Plus we only get a couple decent snow falls each year. I could take a personal day if its really bad.

I don't have room for another car besides the Camaro SS.

What suggestions on tires and sizes. Such as Dunlop M3/D3, etc.

Thankyou very much ahead of time.

I really want this car and this is my only real concern.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:06 AM   #2
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I am in the same boat. I must live very close to you. My wife drives our minivan and I will only be able to afford and fit just the Camaro SS.

Answers and opinions please. I also work very close to home.

I think top quality snow tires should be ok. Maybe a few sand bags in the trunk. As long as the snow tires are narrow and tall they should go through snow. Just take it easy.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:29 AM   #3
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Well the mule was tested in snow for a signifucant amount of time so I believe that the Camaro can handle it for sure.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:45 AM   #4
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I wonder what size winter wheel will be needed to clear the 14"/14.4" Brembo brakes? Plus tire size. Maybe 18"x8" wheels all around with 245/60/18" Dunlop M3/D3.
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Old 08-05-2008, 07:34 PM   #5
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Old 08-06-2008, 06:30 AM   #6
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Hey Steve I did some research at Tirerack and I think the best tire for the SS in winter would be the Blizzak LM-25. The 225/60HR/18" are the same height as the OEM 20" SS tires at 28.7" The OEM 275 rear tire is 11" wide, the OEM front tire is 9.6" wide, the Blizzak 225/60HR/18" are 9" wide. They are to be used all around, more narrow to cut through snow, they cost $178 each. I think an 18" wheel will clear the SS OEM Brembos. 18" wheels can be bought for about $200 each, so a set of winter tires and wheels would be about $1800 total.
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Old 08-06-2008, 09:58 AM   #7
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I live in Northern Illinois.

Our winters are pretty mild with occasionally a big snow storm. Our streets get cleared pretty quickly also.

I work 14 days a month and drive only 2 miles to work.

My question; If I get a set of the best snow tires from Tirerack with 17-18" wheels will I go through snow? With the traction control I figure it would be ok. Plus we only get a couple decent snow falls each year. I could take a personal day if its really bad.

I don't have room for another car besides the Camaro SS.

What suggestions on tires and sizes. Such as Dunlop M3/D3, etc.

Thankyou very much ahead of time.

I really want this car and this is my only real concern.
Why not just walk? 2 miles???
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:25 AM   #8
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I was forced to drive my 97 Z/28 for a couple weeks one winter due to problems with my jeep. I didn't have snow tires but driving it was possible as long as I planed my route ahead of time to avoid even the shallowest hills. Filling your trunk with a few sand bags would be a good idea too.
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:44 AM   #9
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I had to drive my IROC in the winter because, well, I didn't have another car... One thing that helped me was starting in second. Although, traction control should accomplish the same thing...
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:53 AM   #10
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Why not just walk? 2 miles???
Well I only work 14 days a month, but from 6am-6pm. I am not walking 2 miles in the winter for an hour, then work 12, then walk another hour. I get up early enough now.

It should be fine with top quality snows, a few sand bags, and traction control. No need to hurry.
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Old 08-06-2008, 01:06 PM   #11
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My situation is similar. I live in Southern NJ and winters are pretty mild. We might get a significant amount of snow once or twice a winter (last year we never got anything worth mentioning). And I live 3.5 miles from work.

I drove my 2002 Camaro when I had it and never had a problem. I've never bothered with special tires for winter.

I drove my '82 and '91 Camaro's 20+ miles to work in the winter with no special tires. Unless it was REALLY bad I was fine with them as well. Snow was less of an issue than ice.

I doubt I'll be doing anything special during the winter for the new Camaro either...
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Old 08-06-2008, 01:49 PM   #12
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Winters have been getting milder and milder around here so as long as I have a garage for the Camaro I'll be fine. Or I'll just take the Saab when the weather is really bad (or the Volt when I trade my Saab for one of those).
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Old 08-06-2008, 04:34 PM   #13
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I had a '99 Z-28. Never got stuck once. I used the all season 16" wheels in the winter, and the 17" SS wheels in the summer. I put 2-3 bags of salt in the back, and had traction control. I had a major hill to climb as well, and still never had an issue. Drive like there is snow on the ground and you should be fine. I plan on driving in the winter. I'm along interstate 74 in Illinois.

I can't imagine having trouble if you get the winter tires.
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Old 08-06-2008, 05:04 PM   #14
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Okay educate me here, but the bags everyone keeps reffering to, is that to help the RWD? I've only ever driven FWD.
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Old 08-06-2008, 05:55 PM   #15
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Okay educate me here, but the bags everyone keeps reffering to, is that to help the RWD? I've only ever driven FWD.
Sand bags in the trunk=weight over the RWD axel. Like what people do in the winter with 2WD Pickups.
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Old 08-06-2008, 06:49 PM   #16
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Drove my 91 5spd v8 RS all year summers were Z28 rims 16 or 17 dont remember but winter went to 14" 75 series Goodyear mud and snow , 200 lbs of sandbags in the t top stow area and away I went , only got bit once switching to summers before the last snow, huge mistake 2nd gear 10 mph if lucky the 3 miles home ,touch the gas and the car went sideways, longest ride of my life ... at least it felt that way
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Sand bags in the trunk=weight over the RWD axel. Like what people do in the winter with 2WD Pickups.

I totally forgot I used to do that with my '82 and '91 Camaro's. lol Though I think it was kitty litter or cinder blocks.

I never really did it with the '02 though.
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:43 PM   #18
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You could always do the "go anywhere" tires




OK, Maybe not.
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:34 AM   #21
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I figure having traction control with a manual and TOP quality dedicated SNOW tires it should be fine if I drive smart. MANY BMW owners on the BMW forums use SNOW tires and get around fine. Remember years ago when ALL cars were RWD. I had a 1998 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner that looked just like a 4WD but wasn't, in fact it only had 1 wheel that turned in the rear. It had a real hard time starting to move in the snow, but once I got it moving it was OK.

I will just get NARROW tire like 225/60/18" Blizzak LM-25 or Dunlop M3/D3. And a few bags of sand in the trunk.

I just wanted opinions and actual people who have used their Camaro's in the winter with winter tires.
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Old 08-09-2008, 06:32 AM   #22
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Well I can tell you from experience with the GTO (I guess technically the Camaro's closest living kin lol) that the car did amazngly well for me when traveling on more than one occasion. I also only had all seasons not snow tires. I traveled all the way to the NY area from Atlanta and had zero issues. It did better than my FWD Grand Prix. The GTO being a generation older suspension and TC wise should mean the Camaro will be great.
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:21 AM   #23
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Old 08-15-2008, 03:50 AM   #24
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The extra weight of the gen 5 camaro will make it more predictable in the snow than previous generations. Still any car with that much torque is going to be difficult. I'm refering to the SS, I think the v6 will be a much better choice for winter conditions.
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Old 08-15-2008, 05:56 PM   #25
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I too have a GTO. We had some big snow over the winter here in STL. It was pretty scary. Traction control helps usually. But sometimes turning it off is helpful.

I would get stuck on hills and have to do that. Turn the tc off. I nearly spun out on the highway because I lifted my foot off the throttle and I was on a slightly banked curb. So essentially I had lift throttle oversteer at like 30 mph. Luckily I was able to steer into it and keep from spinning, but after the first time the rear whipped out to the right, it then whipped around to the left. I was able to steer out of that too, but that was pretty terrifying. All on the highway with cars behind me.

I'm obviously less enthusiastic about that car in the snow. I remember there being a rash of guys crashing them in winter conditions. Some didn't even need snow to cause them to crash. Just a little water. Tons of guys wrecked them over this winter.

Obviously there's the driver error to consider, but it just shows that it takes at least a little concentration and brains to keep them right side up.

All of my experiences were on stock 17 in rims and tires. Also, my car is a manual transmission model.
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