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    catera in the snow?

    to those who drive their catera in the snow what do u do to keep the back end from spinning out?

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    Re: catera in the snow?

    read the other thread: "Snowflake next to the shifter"

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    Re: catera in the snow?

    3 10" JL 10w3, bout 80lbs of MDF board, and a couple of amps.

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    Re: catera in the snow?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dovan
    3 10" JL 10w3, bout 80lbs of MDF board, and a couple of amps.
    ^^


    Hey, sandbags work well on RWD vehicles too Lol

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    Re: catera in the snow?

    I (meaning my dad when he drove it in january before i got my licence!) didn't have problems with it at all. . . once we got it out of the parking spot! But yeah, my whole family (Caddy lovers all!) usually use sand bags. . . or a dead relative, which ever is handier...lol just kidding!

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    Re: catera in the snow?

    My mechanic's mother & M-in-L are both driving Cateras in the winter. "Mike" (my mechanic) mounts narrow snows on narrow rims from Saturns. More lbs per square inch contact force. Turn traction control off in town or you'll end up slowing down when ya want to speed up to clear oncoming traffic. But TC will save your ass on the highway before you know you're loosing traction. Had a Audi fly by me (doing about 60 mph) last winter on snow covered hi-ways. About a half mile down the road we saw the rotating headlights, tailight, headlights. She's done a 540 spin and was sitting on top of the left side snowbank. LOL. Wave bye-bye. Cars had already stopped. I'm not that cold hearted. Well I don't thinks so.

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    Re: catera in the snow?

    TC ALMOST KILLED ME MANY TIMES! It is a terrible system, it just kills the engine. I turn it off everytime I get into my car, especially in the winter. Ive had so many near-misses after pulling out onto a fast road and giving it some foot, then the car will stop, and I will just look at the oncoming traffic

    I have Khumo ASX tires on my car, and theyre pretty darn good. Yeah it slides, but its predictable. I also have a pair of kicker l7 12's in the trunk, so add 100lbs maybe?

    Ive never driven a front wheel drive car before, so I guess I'm used to the rear end sliding.

    Winter snow advisory here, I definitely had some fun today I live in a college town, so because of the holidays everyone went home. I have every parking lot to myself

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    Re: catera in the snow?

    Yeah, I absolutely hate this thing for the snow. It can be a little frost and slippin and slidin everywhere! How many sand bags do you guys use? My driveway is a really slight incline, but there are days that I can't even pull up into the garage. Our 96 Sebring gets up like there wasn't even snow though. odd.

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    Re: catera in the snow?

    Your sebring makes it up because front wheel drive is king in the snow.
    The catera has wider profile tires, which makes it even slicker in the snow. People who have previously driven fwd also dont react the same to slides. Too many people think the car is going to react like fwd, and they dont understand the car is going to push them.

    Put as many sandbags as you see fit in your truck, and start doing donuts in the parking lots. Not only are they fun, but when you get sucked by slush on the highway youll know how to pull out of it. Not to mention look cool in front of your passengers by acting like it never happend.

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    Re: catera in the snow?

    I had an Omega a few years ago, and I have had many RWD cars. By the time I had the Omega I was experienced enough to know how to winter drive with RWD.

    When I had a Rover 3500 SD1 back in 78, we used to put six sandbags in the trunk, three in the back seat, and one in each rear footwell, it worked a treat.

    Otherwise, turn off your traction control, weigh the back end down, and be careful (you can still have fun)

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    Re: catera in the snow?

    I would agree that its fun to spin in an empty parking lot but its kinda dissappointing when you can make up the hill in little bit of snow but i knew it before i bought it so i think i shouldnt blame the car just gotta learn to live with it

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    Re: catera in the snow?

    Sand bags in the trunk is cool. But please don't put heavy stuff in the passanger compartment. If you should be unfortunate enough to go head first into ditch or flip, the stuff in the passanger compartment becomes a high energy projectile. Lost an old friend of mine in a sideswipe collision and her car went through the guardrail & down the embankment. The loose balast in the back seat,, well lets just say it broke her neck.

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    Re: catera in the snow?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-a-Tonic
    Sand bags in the trunk is cool. But please don't put heavy stuff in the passanger compartment. If you should be unfortunate enough to go head first into ditch or flip, the stuff in the passanger compartment becomes a high energy projectile. Lost an old friend of mine in a sideswipe collision and her car went through the guardrail & down the embankment. The loose balast in the back seat,, well lets just say it broke her neck.
    Unfortunate...

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    Re: catera in the snow?

    The Catera isn't too bad in winter. I don't have winter tires or weight in the back and have been through deep snow. I actually find it fun. My advice is to drive a Camaro for a couple of winters and then the Catera will feel like a 4x4.

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    a gentle right foot and common sense? nt

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