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. . . how about a 'Trial by Ice and Sleet'?

What a day of major happiness and major stress!

Today I finally got all my ducks in a row and pulled the trigger, moving out of my CTS 3.6 and buying that long lusted after "V". Left home with the wife to scrutinize one more low mileage '04 V at a dealership about 90 miles away. It's cold, but sunny . . the roads are dry with a little snow well off to the sides. The trip there was uneventful until the last 20 miles when the roads turned wet & slushie. At this point I am pissed because my sanitized garage queen was getting totally grunged up from salt, slush & spray. Arrive at the dealer, start checking out an immaculate black '04 V in the showroom. I didn't really want black, bu-ut . . . this car is spotless - even underneath. Turns out I know more than the sales staff about CTS-V's (thanks to reading every thread here in the forum for the past year).

Anyway, we do the usual price haggling dance. It helped that the sales guy pulls a beer out of his desk for my wife to drink [very relaxed atmosphere], since she wasn't as enthusiastic about the purchase. (Visualize your own wife/GF standing off to the side with her arms crossed tightly across her her chest . . staring blankly at nothing) So, during the negotiations it begins to sleet and the temperature is dropping. We are at 2000 ft elevation in northern PA. The trip back requires going to a higher elevation before descending on a 2 lane mountain road for 15 miles, before getting into just 'wet & slushy conditions' instead of an actual icy surface.

I tell the salesman what my final offer is, knowing (but not 'really' knowing) how bad the F1's are supposed to be in snow, and saying "if we don't finish this up quick I outa here!" So we reach an agreement, do all the paperwork, shake hands and I'm on my way in my new "V".
Well . . . "The weather outside is frightful" goes the song.
Like - 26 degrees, sleet coming down, roads are frozen and the StabilTrak & T/C are already kicking in while leaving the dealership's driveway sideways. Holy Schitt!! :eek:

For the next 20 miles I feel like I'm on a tightrope! I've got traffic backed up for a mile behind me. Nowhere to pull off, because, when there are shoulders, they are covered with 4" of snow and hungry guardrails. The sun has now gone down . . and I'm trying to see what's going on around me through the one 'special option' I did not want on this car . . the super dark, add-on tinted windows. So I've got an old pickup truck riding my ass down the mountain, I'm going 15mph tops, and I'm making steering corrections one second as if I'm deactivating a bomb and the next second my arms and hands are moving the wheel faster than the speed of light. StabilTrak was working overtime and my wife was holding on to her seat with a death grip, making little gasping sounds every few seconds. Did I mention the doe that ran across the road in front of me? Only two days until deer season!

Well . . you're reading this, which should tell you that we made it home intact. A few cold Pacifico cervezas and some enchiladas verde helped mellowed me out.

But . . . I can't emphasize strongly enough to any other prospective V buyers 'living in the snowbelt' . . . the Goodyear F1's are less than worthless on ice/snow/rain or highway dept salt & sand. They have a coefficient of friction around .00001! Too bad the previous owner just put a new set of F-1's on mine.

But, now . . I've got the V tucked away in the garage until spring.

And the first mod will be the !CAGS Eliminator . . pronto!

Final comments on my first day in the new ride . . . . . .

Damn I love this car !!!!! :D:D:D:D

Gotta go pop open anuther brewski :alchi::alchi:

"Old" Road Dawg out . .
 

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Something about tirerack saying the F1s are "Max Dry Weather Performance" tires would deter me from wanting to drive them in the snow. Europeans actually have a law about driving in the snow with summer tires. It is called big ticket with the insurance companies choice of denying your claim.
 

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OldRoadDawg said:
. Turns out I know more than the sales staff about CTS-V's (thanks to reading every thread here in the forum for the past year).
NOT surprising...
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It helped that the sales guy pulls a beer out of his desk for my wife to drink [very relaxed atmosphere]
Smart salesman....
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...roads are frozen and the StabilTrak & T/C are already kicking in while leaving the dealership's driveway sideways. Holy Schitt!! :eek:
Thank god for the babysitter... I even love him/her sometimes in the dry or damp... (P.S. dont call me a wimp and say i dont know how to drive... I consider it computer insurance...)
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StabilTrak was working overtime and my wife was holding on to her seat with a death grip, making little gasping sounds every few seconds.
Out of context, this could sound bad... Were her eyes closed?!?!
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Well . . you're reading this, which should tell you that we made it home intact.
Thank god... or we would not have been able to read this...
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A few cold Pacifico cervezas and some enchiladas verde helped mellowed me out..
One drive home and you become an alcholic? It took me at least two drives... on dry pavement too!
Just kidding with the above... Welcome aboard, glad you made it home safe... Wash the salt off and plan your spring mods...
Dont forget the registry... http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/reg/
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Should have gassed it.

Then you can practice drifting without tire wear!

Wheee!!

Well you have had your wet/snow experience.

Wait till you have your perfect weather/road experience.

(I bet it freaks you out just as much or worse!).

By the way, YOUR DOOMED.

The "V", ALMOST as bad as model airplanes.

Wanna bet you start modding while it's being stored?
 

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Sounds like you need to wash the car and then tuck it in for the winter.
 

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Welcome to the "V" Family Old Road Dawg!!!! Sounds like you need some good snow tires. I'd go with Dunlop winter Sport M3 DSST if you want to retain the run flats. I bought a set last year and ran thru a lot of snow without any issues. Of course, you will still have to watch out for the idiot drivers who don't know how to drive in the snow!! P.S. Remember to "Beat the Cubes Daily....It keeps them Happy!!"
 

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We have CAGS eliminators in stock for the CTS-V. When you're ready, give me a call 586-791-4120 x234. I've been on those roads in PA in the summer/fall. I can imagine what they would be like in the winter, especially in a RWD car with some power. Congrats on the purchase. I'm a firm believer in buying yourself what you want in life. After all, it's only money right?


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Nice purchase, but I have to ask why you bought it just in time to store it for the winter? It could be worse: you could have bought a month ago, driven it until now, but then stored it until spring all the while dreaming endlessly about it until you get it out on the road again! You are going to absolutely love this car!
 
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