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Old 01-17-2018, 12:13 AM
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And, as I do most days, I drove the C7 - today it was more than 80 miles at speeds up to 80 mph (Interstate and freeways) and there were zero problems. But, I didn't expect any as I've been driving Corvettes as daily drivers for the past 28 years... winter, summer, spring, and fall.... great cars ... and when you don't have snow and ice you should enjoy them....
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Iíve driven mine in single digit temps many times. No problems.
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Absolutely no problem to drive in such conditions, but it's a lot more fun on UHP all-seasons.
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UHP All Seasons are the way to go no issues driving down to -5 degrees so far
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Originally Posted by 4thC4at60 View Post
And, as I do most days, I drove the C7 - today it was more than 80 miles at speeds up to 80 mph (Interstate and freeways) and there were zero problems. But, I didn't expect any as I've been driving Corvettes as daily drivers for the past 28 years... winter, summer, spring, and fall.... great cars ... and when you don't have snow and ice you should enjoy them....
Did you replace your stock tires with all seasons?
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Yep... Michelin AS3 are the way to go if you actually use a Corvette as a car instead of garage ornament.

I am going to Fort Mill, SC in the morning. I am kind of dreading it, though.
7* is OK driving when the roads are dry, 11* with icy roads is nerve wracking.

My C6 saw some terrible snow covered mountain roads and did just fine.
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If you get a dedicated set of performance winter tires the car will grip nearly as well in the winter as it does in the summer! I used to daily-drive sports cars when I lived up in Minnesota and on the right tires it can be an absolute hoot.
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Did you replace your stock tires with all seasons?
No... no need.... driving the car sensibly is the answer... I just don't - never have - understood the "OMG it's cold!" As per my original post - I've been driving these cars for 28 years (this month)..... got 58K miles on the C7, this is my third winter with the regular tires (second set).
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Good luck w/ panic stops if someone runs a red light and/or you must make some sort of evasive maneuver.

"Sensibly' means you have to exercise extra care and hope someone else doesn't do something stupid anywhere close to you. On all-seasons, you can drive it "normally" in such temps, and still have adequate traction for evasive maneuvers and much more braking capability.

I don't think that's a "sensible" decision.

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Any fillings left in your teeth?
Even though I'm 76 I only have five fillings... they're all intact, why shouldn't they be?

As I said in my original post been driving Corvettes for 28 years.... in all kinds of weather... just don't pretend it's 75 degrees outside... keep your foot out of the accelerator..... roads were dry yesterday... just cold.

10į outside right now... not driving the Vette today, but that's only because I have to go 48 miles to pick up my old (30 years old in February) Ferrari (O2 sensor went out)....
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Originally Posted by 4thC4at60 View Post
And, as I do most days, I drove the C7 - today it was more than 80 miles at speeds up to 80 mph (Interstate and freeways) and there were zero problems. But, I didn't expect any as I've been driving Corvettes as daily drivers for the past 28 years... winter, summer, spring, and fall.... great cars ... and when you don't have snow and ice you should enjoy them....
It was 9 degrees in North Fort Worth Texas this am. The corvette did not explode or anything on the way to work. Apart from extreme tire hopping on tight slow turn there were zero issues.

I saw another crazy person driving their vette too.

Maybe the wheels will pop off on the way home?

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Re: Vettes and cold and yesterday - I saw half a dozen Vettes leave the service bay yesterday at the Chevy dealer in Plano.... I was but one of those...
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Good luck w/ panic stops if someone runs a red light and/or you must make some sort of evasive maneuver.

"Sensibly' means you have to exercise extra care and hope someone else doesn't do something stupid anywhere close to you. On all-seasons, you can drive it "normally" in such temps, and still have adequate traction for evasive maneuvers and much more braking capability.

I don't think that's a "sensible" decision.
Guess I've just been lucky.... I already split the DD duties with my Ferrari guess I should just continue to drive the F-car for the winter...
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Yep... Michelin AS3 are the way to go if you actually use a Corvette as a car instead of garage ornament.

I am going to Fort Mill, SC in the morning. I am kind of dreading it, though.
7* is OK driving when the roads are dry, 11* with icy roads is nerve wracking.

My C6 saw some terrible snow covered mountain roads and did just fine.
Donít do It! Save the Vette! N.C. uses one of the most corrosive salt brine solutions out there on the roads. Give the Vette the week off!
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Why all of the drama and "look at me!" crap?

Most people don't drive their vettes equipped with the OE tires below 40* because Michelin says don't do it below 40* or you could not only damage the tires, but the car as well, as the tires have significantly lower grip.

You want to do it? go ahead, no one is stopping you, have fun. Hopefully nothing bad happens because you're acting like a 12 year old girl, er, I mean cowboy, er I mean rebel? I hope some other driver doesn't do something stupid and force you into an aggressive collision avoidance maneuver, because you don't/won't know how the tires will perform in extreme cold.

Be safe.

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Thank goodness for Arizona and our warmer temps. We can drive 365 days a year although the summer can be a bit toasty. I used to live at 7000 ft in the mountains and i do not miss that snowy cold weather.
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Donít do It! Save the Vette! N.C. uses one of the most corrosive salt brine solutions out there on the roads. Give the Vette the week off!
F___<K!
I will let the next owner worry about it.
It is just a car.
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I usually don't drive below 30 but have a few times (between 25-30) and with the OEM summer tires the stopping distance is more than fine. I put the car in weather mode and am light on the throttle and careful to leave good stopping distance and take corners slower.

My wife has dedicated snow tires on her Odyssey and they make a big difference. I just can't commit to winter tires on my Vette as I have a third car I usually drive when it is below 30 or there is snow on the ground.
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F___<K!
I will let the next owner worry about it.
It is just a car.
It is pretty rare to see late model cars that are driven on salty/snowy roads have visible rust due to salt. I lived in Minnesota for a long time where roads are salted from Nov until May

Taking your car out occasionally even on salty roads is not going to be the end of the world, and if you keep your car 10 years or less there is no reason not panic.
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