I'm thinking of getting a 2002 z28 (or ss) convertible. There are
several low mileage cars on autotrader at a decent price. I can
really only afford one vehicle, so if I get a convertible it would be
my winter car also. Does anyone here drive one in the winter? I live
in Indiana, so winters aren't exteme, but we do get snow, and usually
some ice storms. I don't have a garage, would the top last being
outside year around? I drove a camaro for 10 years here, so I know
that winter driving can be hairy at times, but I've never owned a
ragtop before, so I don't know what to expect.
Also, I read that the 2002 convertibles had less body flex than past
years because they were designed to be convertibles, anyone know if
that is true?
Agree. I bought my '97 Formula convertible new and it has been parked
outside with now cover since I brought it home. Our winters in the DC
are not too much different than yours. Some snow, occasionally heavy,
freezing rain and sleet, but. When it snow, I try to not let more
than 3 or 4 inches accummulate on the top. My top is black and I have
recently noticed it is starting to fade.
I don't usually drive mine in the snow and ice. I have an old pick-up
truck that I drive when the weather turns nasty. My couple of
experiences driving the 'Bird in the snow and ice were very
"exciting". There is another post in this thread that makes some very
good points about that. Basically remember that you have a lot of
power being transmitted through a big footprint. Big footprint means
fewer pounds per square inch of pressure on the roadway so it is real
easy to break traction on asnowy/icy road.
Also, according to f-body.org, our models of f-body convertibles come
from the factory with sub-frame connectors to reduce body flex.
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In the winter you will want snow tires on the car. Else wise the rear
end will try to kick out. You will also want to keep weight in the trunk.
200 to 300 pounds. A old lifting weight set would work, in two gym
bags, secured in place.
When driving a RWD convertible in low traction situations, accelerate
slowly. If you feel the rear end start to float or kick, do not hit the
brake peddle, instead lift off the throttle. Also do not try to drive
the speed limit in low traction situations.
If you drive properly with with weight in the rear and good snow
tires, you should be alright.
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