: Anyone drive a V in the snow?

07-19-04, 12:45 AM
I live in Ohio, and was wondering if any of you fellas could tell me how the V drives in the snow and slop. Can I get by with this car year around or should I look for a winter beater?

Catera V
07-19-04, 12:55 AM
A beater is a good plan if you want to preserve the car, but if you want to drive it, go to tire rack and buy a set of Blizzacks or other suitable winter tire mounted on narrower wheels. Note that you will have to stay on 18" to clear the brakes and this will limit your choices. I belive Michelin has an Alpin in 18"-Catera V

07-19-04, 02:11 AM
I live in Ohio, and was wondering if any of you fellas could tell me how the V drives in the snow and slop. Can I get by with this car year around or should I look for a winter beater?
As established earlier, I can assure you that the V's F-1 tires will NOT survive lake-effect snow up there. I would get yourself a front wheel drive beater. Even Snow tires won't cut it in the thick snow we used to get up there, especially behind 395lbs of tq!...

07-19-04, 08:54 AM
I drove the first one we received at our dealership in Ohio in the snow. Even with light acceleration the tires would spin.

I suggest getting a beater for the winter.

Catera V
07-20-04, 01:42 AM
Corvettes with snows do quite well, I think you will be surprised if you try it.

07-20-04, 07:10 PM
Two Corvettes owned before my CTS V purchase. Driven in Iowa all winter, except or course, can't negotiate deep snow. The yaw control is remarkable. When making a turn in the slippery stuff, any oversteer or understeer, a little stabilitrak brake action brings you through the turn gently. Of course, this is not for slide drifting that is the latest rage. You would have to turn off all traction controls in that case. For my wife and myself, if we own a toy, it is driven. No impact damage experiences. Wax and under-body car washes keep our cars pristeen for years.

Rich H
07-20-04, 10:13 PM
Remember that you have no control over the traffic around you in snow conditions. Even if you're comfortable driving your V in snow why risk someone else sliding into you? The first snow of the season is always the most dangerous. Most people have forgotten how to drive in snow since the previous season - even here in Denver. A high riding truck or SUV will inflict a lot more damage on you than themselves. My recommendation: get a beater.

07-20-04, 11:31 PM
There were a bunch of CTS-V's driven thru the last Michigan winter in our test fleet. With snow tires they were fine. Not the best snow car and not a FWD competitor but they were perfectly driveable and controlable. Several hundred pounds in the trunk also helps. Just pop several bags of water softener salt in the trunk for the winter and then use it in the softener in the spring. It depends on what you mean by driving them in the snow I think. In a urban area with cleared streets and such they were fine. For unplowed county roads up north....take a FWD or such....not the CTS-V.

07-21-04, 08:30 PM
Can you tell me what wheels you used for the snow tires in your test fleet. My brother works for Bridgestone so I can probably get a deal on Blizzaks but I would prefer to buy a second set of wheels rather than using the stock wheels.

Thanks in advance, Brent

07-22-04, 07:52 PM
I have never, nor would I ever, own a front-wheel-drive vehicle. Torque steer and inherent front engine braking on decellerration are unattractive and inherently dangerous. I do not park either of my cars throughout the Iowa winter. We drive our normal daily routine summer and winter. Stock wheels and remounted snows. I have used Goodyear most often. Works nicely. The specific winter siping (the little extra lateral cuts through the tread blocks) provides the necessary traction on ice and snow.