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Cadillac STS-V Series Forum Discussion, Winter driving in Cadillac V-Series Forums; So this is the second year driving my v through winter. I have been driving it more as I gave ...
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    Winter driving

    So this is the second year driving my v through winter. I have been driving it more as I gave my winter beater to my 16 year old daughter to drive and have not replaced it yet. I have dws on Oem rims. It does very well in snow. I've not so much. A very light touch on the throttle and it does very well. Drove it in to work when 2/3rds of the staff stayed home as they claimed it was to slippery. The only thing I don't like with the v is if I give it to much throttle from a stand still it seems to go into a limp home mode. The throttle seems to be disconnected and it is a cycle gets setup that seems to move the car forward at a very low speed, the only way to get out of this mode is to hit the brakes and stop the car. Any one else experience this.

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    Re: Winter driving

    I don't know how the V does in the snow. I stored mine for the winter after I found how terrible it was on cold, dry pavement. I'll admit that there was a bit of lead in my right foot.

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    Re: Winter driving

    I had that happen to me when I was in KC. I learned how to drive her in the winter. Turning off Traction Control helps.

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    Re: Winter driving

    Traction control off. Stick to the right. Shift to second gear and it is pretty easy to get started.
    IF you take your foot off the gas, it will downshift back to first - only annoying thing about it.
    This is my 7th season driving here in Chicago, so I have a little experience in this area .

    Bob

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    Re: Winter driving

    blizzaks.... period

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    Re: Winter driving

    I put mine up for the winter. I had my mother's old Monte Carlo last winter to get me through on the crappy days, and the Caddy just sat outside. But anything below 50* here in Chicago, wet or dry (with road salt down), this car is a handful to drive. Can you get by? Absolutely. But I've found, even with the new DWS's, that the slightest sudden application of throttle, if the car is not in a straight line, is a dangerous proposition.

    So I talked the wife into a used Suburban that is my winter warrior and our family utility vehicle. The Caddy is over in my other garage, up on my lift.

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    Re: Winter driving

    Quote Originally Posted by CMNTMXR57 View Post
    The Caddy is over in my other garage, up on my lift.
    Show Off!!

    I don't have any trouble in the winter now at all..........lol

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    Re: Winter driving

    Given the choice, I'd rather be in Arizona too. At dinner last night, I kindly reminded the Wife that both Phoenix and L.A. were 75* yesterday afternoon. It was 5* here.

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    Re: Winter driving

    Yeah I have a ~500 mile set of DWS on the car in the greater Chicago area and last week was ummmm interesting.

    Anything other than absolutely minimal throttle turned into the sweet sounds of Traction control kicking in.. I even broke the rear end loose....

    I was wondering if manual mode in 2nd gear would help and it seems a couple people above me confirmed this. It seemed to me 1st gear is a bad choice, lol.

    I am slightly regretting not putting blizzak's on it though.

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    2nd gear starts are helpful even in the AWD non V. It reduces traction control application.

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    Re: Winter driving

    Well, today was an absolute painfree, uneventful drive in to work




    With the Suburban...

    With the Caddy I'd have needed to bring a spare pair of Hanes with me to change into once here at work...

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    Re: Winter driving

    How much snow are you guys trying to drive through? I've never had an issue with 1 or 2 inches of snow. It's not fun, but by no means is it difficult or scary....I just leave an enormous amount of distance between me and every assh*ole in an SUV. Also, what's with the idea of turning off TC? Mine kicks on, but at 5% throttle it's not cutting much power.

    After 3 inches....why even try to drive the STS-V?

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    Re: Winter driving

    RE: TC - sometimes you need to turn it off as it forces you to stay in a limp mode when you may be clear to accelerate normally.
    RE: SUV - yeah those 'invincible' a-holes are annoying to be around.

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    Re: Winter driving

    We haven't had much snow up until this past week, but now I'd say around 4 - 5 has fallen in the last few days.

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    Re: Winter driving

    Quote Originally Posted by YoungBlood_STSV View Post
    How much snow are you guys trying to drive through? I've never had an issue with 1 or 2 inches of snow. It's not fun, but by no means is it difficult or scary....I just leave an enormous amount of distance between me and every assh*ole in an SUV. Also, what's with the idea of turning off TC? Mine kicks on, but at 5% throttle it's not cutting much power.

    After 3 inches....why even try to drive the STS-V?
    I'm going to try to keep mine out of the snow as much as possible, and even on rainy days I find myself taking the winter beater to work.

    Before the STS I had a tiny car, a Saturn Sky, I didn't drive that car in the snow and stopped driving it on rainy days after a few experiences during my commute on I95. Several times over a year in rainy weather I wound up seeing the trucks and SUVs that were tailgating me in the rain, next to me on the shoulder when traffic came to a sudden stop. On the uphill portions of I95 when traffic comes to a stop you can see half a dozen or so vehicles diving onto the shoulder because they can't stop in time. Before I moved to VA I never saw such a phenomena in bad weather driving, it's quite nuts.

    I've also been hit a few times by the sheets of ice that people refuse to clean off of their vehicles in the winter. That's enough persuasion for me to drive the beater in snow.

    I do plan on putting a good all season, Conti DWS on the STS though for the few times when I do get caught in surprise snow storms.

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