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Old 04-23-2018, 03:27 PM   #1  
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For those who refuse to drive in the rain, besides traction issues, what is the goal? 3 years down the road can 1 of the vettes be in better condition than the one driven on occasional rainy days?

Both cars being washed ,polished, sealed waxed the same way. Driven on the same roads as well. Thoughts?
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I almost wrecked/hydroplaned in my 89 Turbo TA on rainy roads because of standing water that I couldn't see in the dark. That was the first and last time I drove it in the rain. It had 255/50/16 on the back and 245/50/16 on the front. I thought those were large tires, but with these steam rollers on my 18 GS I'm really not in a hurry to hit water. My friend lost his Formula Firehawk on standing water not too long ago. Just not worth it to me. 18 wheelers are also annoying spraying water all over on interstates speeds.
It's not hard for me to wait for nicer days. This weekend is supposed to be nice, so woohoo, I'm driving it this weekend.

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Personally I don't drive my Z on rainy days unless I accidently get caught in one. It is my weekend driver and just easier to keep perfectly clean. Rain just makes me have to do a full wash on it plus not fun to drive in the rain. The tires are bad enough on nice cold days.
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Bought my Z06 Convertible as strictly a fun toy and can not think it would be much fun in the rain.
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All things being equal; miles, year, color etc, I would think the car driven in the rain would be 99% as good as the car only driven on sunny days. The dirt washes off and waxes these days do a hell of a job protecting the paint.

However, the chance of something bad happening on wet roads obviously is greatly increased, which is why mine is driven on sunny days only.
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I personally don't drive mine in the rain because I just don't enjoy it. Traction sucks and it just gets dirty. Not really concerned about mileage. So as long as it's dry and above 50 I'm good.
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Driving in the sun, rain and snow is what cars are built for including corvettes. Just put the right tires on for the appropriate season.
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It's a car.

I see Camaro's, Porsche's, Challengers, Chargers,, Mustangs, Mercedes, BMW's and a whole host of cars driven in the rain, and even snow. Many of these cars can run as fast if not faster than many Corvettes. European cars are commonly driven in the snow in Europe. This idea a Corvette is somehow inherently unstable or unsafe in the rain is absurd. To even insinuate that is saying all the cars I listed, and more, are superior all around vehicles, but Chevy's top of the line is a sunny day only *****. If one can't drive a corvette in the rain, it isn't the cars fault.

Remember, these cars are raced in the rain at speeds far higher than anything most people will ever drive in.

Dirt washes off.
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lol. jesus, it's a car not diamond. drive the bitch, beat the bitch, put her away wet.

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I have two other cars as daily drivers. I don't enjoy driving the vette in rain and snow and don't need to.
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If I needed to? I would. I don't need to. So I don't.

if I get caught in some unforeseen or low probability storm? Is what it is. It's happened. These cars are NOT fun to drive in the rain.

I drive my car every chance I get above freezing and not on miserable days.
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If its clear I tend to keep it in longer just because I am lazy, but a dirty car gets wet no problem...
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Rain isn't an issue to me, I drove all my cars in the rain. That said I'd rather not in the C7, the stock tires are terrible in the rain, and drag radials are that much worse.
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I have two other cars as daily drivers. I don't enjoy driving the vette in rain and snow and don't need to.
I have 2 other vehicles also, so if it's lousy weather when I leave, the Corvette stays in the garage. That being said, if I'm out with it and it starts to rain, not really a big issue for me other than the fact I'll need to clean it again. As far as snow goes, the first snowflakes I see or the first time they put anything on the roads to melt the snow, the ZO6 goes in the garage, plugged in and covered until the spring rains wash all the stuff off the roads. Those rains are due in the next 2 or 3 days, I'm ready for spring.
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Rain or shine drive it the way you want it!
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Bought my Z06 Convertible as strictly a fun toy and can not think it would be much fun in the rain.
exactly...
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Driving in the sun, rain and snow is what cars are built for including corvettes. Just put the right tires on for the appropriate season.
corvettes aren't built/designed for snow use, im sure you know that...
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lol. jesus, it's a car not diamond. drive the bitch, beat the bitch, put her away wet.
how bout, you use your car the way you want to, and Ill use mine the way I want to...
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Corvettes such as the c5 was designed to bust through a three foot snowbank..

I put snow tires on my corvette every year and I laugh my @ss off with every snow storm I travel.

At most I stay home maybe 3 days a year and it's usually just the day of the storm which I would do with any car I owned...

Life is too brief...to worry about a car...

If that's is a person biggest worry then they are already living a charmed life.

My cars serve me....they put a smile on my face everyday even on rainy or snowy days...

I dig being that guy who doesn't need to protect my cars from rain or snow...(unless like I said it was a blizzard which I would stay home anyway no matter what car I drive)

Just my opinion..
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exactly...

corvettes aren't built/designed for snow use, im sure you know that...

how bout, you use your car the way you want to, and Ill use mine the way I want to...
I don't think your comment is anywhere close to being correct.

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I think I've seen 1 vette driven in the Chicago snow in the last 5 years. Yea maybe it can be done and a handful may do it and even take some strange pride in it but doesn't make it optimal if you have another car
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Rain driving is fun, & IMO increases driving skill.

One needs to be aware of puddles, white painted lines, other drivers and hydroplaning.
Rain X & new WS wipers aid visibility.
Tire condition and heat in them also aid drivability.
Cup holder and cell phone desires....haha.

But, when raining, if I have a choice, I take another car, because of the OCD cleaning/ washing time required.

Then, never driving in rain increasing sales price. Depends. Maybe small percentage. $5K more on a $50K car, FWIW I would be hesitant to agree with that percentage.
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