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Old 08-14-2019, 10:53 AM   #1
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ZL1 as mild winter driver

Hi, I haven't been on this forum in many years, but now considering a ZL1 auto as a California daily driver. Apologies if I'm dragging up a much-discussed topic, I can't get the search feature to work on my phone.

I obviously wouldn't drive this car like an SUV in a real winter with snow, but we don't really do that here in the Bay Area. How will it do with a couple months of cold days and rain?
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:00 AM   #2
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My opinion is that the car will perform just fine, but the stock tires will be very slippery when the weather is cold. Switch to Michelin 4S tires, the ones for the street, and you will be fine.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:14 AM   #3
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PS4S are not SNOW compatible.. not at all.

IF it gets below 40*F.. consider true winter - snow tire.


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Ps4S in the snow...


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Old 08-14-2019, 11:44 AM   #4
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Get yourself some Pirelli Sottozero 3's, they are Cold Weather Performance tires and are Fantastic...my little Chevy motor loves the chilly Winter air, and you can get some Fantastic Pics!
I don't drive in deep snow but got out in a couple inches and they do fine if your sensible...I'm not!lol
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:09 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. To specify: No snow and very rarely below 40°. I just need to know if I'll be spinning the stock tires in the rain at, say, 50°.
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:25 PM   #6
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I just need to know if I'll be spinning the stock tires in the rain at, say, 50°.
Yes.

The stock tires are basically track tires. There are plenty of threads here about how bad they are in the rain, and in colder temps. They are pretty much hockey pucks below 50*.

Just get yourself a good performance tire like the PS4S, they'll be fine in the Bay Area climate. Just don't try to drive to Tahoe in the winter.
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:14 PM   #7
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Yep, P4S’s are just fine for our Bay Area winters. If it’s below 40deg just take it easy.
I do switch to snow tires for Tahoe trips but switch them right when I get back home to the bay.
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:57 PM   #8
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Ok, thanks all for the help..now let's see if I buy one! I'm also pondering a manual 1SS 1le and keeping my Impala as the daily driver. I'd have to go one car with the ZL1, which may not be the most brilliant move.
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:06 PM   #9
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Honestly if you plan to daily it swap the tires out lol.

I live in Alaska and daily my ZL1 all year. A solid set of all seasons have done great by me. I don’t let the car out if the snow is high enough to reach the bumper. Kind of pointless no matter how good your snow tires are lol.

I run the Bridgestone RE980AS. And they do fine in the rain and light snow. They grip better cold than the Oem tires did.
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:44 PM   #10
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I've used the Supercar 3s down to 30 degrees without issue.

Obviously don't try any spirited driving until they've warmed up or they might crack.
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:17 AM   #11
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The car is really good in Maine winters. I went with 285/35R for better bite on 19x10 inch rims square 25mm offset. No spacers needed. No clearance issues. I used Michelin Pilot Alpin's. Great set up.
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:24 AM   #12
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Thanks for the info. To specify: No snow and very rarely below 40°. I just need to know if I'll be spinning the stock tires in the rain at, say, 50°.
The stock GYSC3's will try to kill you in 50° rain.

Swap in some MPS4S's and you'll be just fine. You can sell your SC3s easily on this forum to offset the hit to your wallet.
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