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Old Jun 17th, 13, 07:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Slippery or not

Hi everyone got a question has anyone driven their fith gen in the snow.
Just would like to get some input on how well they may or may not get around in the snowy slick conditions.
Thinking about getting a 1SS Lund a 2010 with 8000 miles thinking about trading my truck for it so would have to be a daily driver for a while.
Thanks for any advice.
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Old Jun 17th, 13, 10:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Slippery or not

Generally rear wheel drive cars are not great in the snow. I have not driven the new Camaro but I drove a 2011 Charger in the snow and without chains it was not good at all! If it is posi that would be an improvement.
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Old Jun 18th, 13, 07:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Slippery or not

I'll assume you are experienced at driving in the snow based on your zip code. I think you'll be fine with the Camaro even if you have to make adjustments in your driving style. I don't own a 5th gen Camaro but have been in the snow belt near Chicago my whole life. I've never owned a front drive car or a 6 cyl, no snow tires or chains either.

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Old Jun 18th, 13, 05:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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I've had my share of driving in the snow nothing like you all get up around Chicago Ill.
We sometimes get a big snow here Springfield Mo sometimes a foot or more but mostly 6 inches or less last year or so been 1 inch or less.
My 67 camaro with 60s and skinnys on front would go anywhere.
Just not sure about the 5th gens with independent suspension and wide tires all around would do?
Maybe find out though?
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Old Jun 19th, 13, 03:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Slippery or not

Some rambling thoughts;
Back in the early '70's Firestone came out with an asymmetrical snow tire. I bought a pair for my Camaro and had studs installed. There was this really steep hill nearby. The climb was about 300 feet in an 1/8 mile. My Camaro IDLED up that hill during a snow of about a foot.
Rear wheel drive cars have more weight on the rear when going up hill.
Front wheel drive have less weight on the tires when going up hill.
Going up hill is when you need your tires to have the most weight on them.
I've owned a couple front drive cars in the past and still do. We need them to work going up hill in snow. None of them have worked as well as rear drive for us.
Just say'n'.
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Old Jun 19th, 13, 06:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Fred, can you explain to me what a hill is? I don't think we have those here. You see I've never been to the Pacific Northwest but I have passed thru Springfield MO. (Bigfoot lives there) As for snow, most times we measure ours by the inch not the foot and I might be inconvenienced by it on two or three commutes per season. I'm not really close enough to Chicago for "lake efeect".

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Re: Slippery or not

I bought a 2011 SS/RS brand new and have driven it through 2 winters. The car is incredible in the snow. Stabilitrak and traction control are outstanding on the vehicle.

BUT...assuming you have the original Pirelli tires--they are summer tires only. The rubber compound starts to harden below 40 degrees and it affects how the car handles.

You have to invest in snow tires and you'll be set. I found a set used 1 winter for a steel. Check out the classifieds in this forum. Scroll down about half way look for "member classifieds--parts for sale or wanted". Pick wheels/tires and start shopping. If none there now they'll start to pop up over the next few months. Great site to belong to.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/index.php

With the right tires the car is amazing in the snow!
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