: Winter performance

12-22-10, 11:35 AM
As temperatures are dipping below freezing in PA I notice a few things about the V. It seems like the cold is tightening up some areas and causing new squeaks and creaks, suspension noise seems to have increased a bit, more interior compenents seem to be making their voices heard. Nothing too annoying, and this is far outweighed by the resposiveness and (at least perceived) gains in power from the ice cold air. This thing just cruises now, it seems far more effortless in city driving. 4th gear seems to be much more stout in the cold. It feels quicker with better throttle response. Half of it loves the cold and the other half complains a bit. Feels good though, like it's had a free tune up.

12-22-10, 01:27 PM
Where are you at in PA? I have noticed the same. I don't care for my oil temp to be below 20* at start but what are you going to do?

Gotta love the free "tune" tho.

12-22-10, 03:34 PM
suspension systems will always be noisier in cold weather, especially if components freeze or have ice freeze onto them.

12-22-10, 04:12 PM
I'm in Williamsport, 2 hours or so northwest from you. Yeah I don't like her freezing, mine is garage kept but it isn't heated and gets pretty cold overnight. I might do the door garage insulation.

12-22-10, 04:28 PM
Maggie performs quite well right now :D

12-22-10, 04:59 PM
Colder air is denser air ... true. Denser air means more oxygen which means more power ... true.

BUT, once you attain some threshold speed, that denser air is also more difficult to push through and any gains in the motor are more than offset by the increased aerodynamic drag.

Still, zero to something is definitely quicker.

12-22-10, 05:41 PM
Rand isn't that what matters? The zero to something

12-22-10, 08:06 PM
Maggie performs quite well right now :D

Its like a totally different car at 18* than 95* in August. Pulls like a freight train. My coolant temp stays around 208*-212* too.

12-22-10, 11:34 PM
You should use stiffer poly or solid mounts in the winter with headers if you want to hear creeks and rattles lol. It feels like the car is falling apart with all the noise mine makes!

12-25-10, 09:35 AM
I noticed the same thing! Not so much in the suspension, but I now have 5-6 new rattles in the cabin.

12-25-10, 10:39 AM
Rand isn't that what matters? The zero to somethingTrue.

(Don't know what I was thinking. :banghead:)