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Old 11-22-2012, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy My Baby is parked for the winter!

Today was another stunning day in Toronto....Sunny and reasonably warm! Decided as the sun was going down it was time to park my Sol for the winter.
Gave her a final "California Dusting". Added fuel stabllizer and then a last rip around the block. I then put the cover on.....good night!

Hopefully spring comes early to my part of "The Great White North"
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm lucky where I live. I don't have to do that. I'm originally from Montreal and if I was there now, I'd be doing the same thing.

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Old 11-22-2012, 06:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What keeps me going is planning next years road trips and I am not putting any miles on my baby while she is parked!
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I guess I've been very lucky. When I got my Sol we lived in Texas. We now live in Georgia. So my Sol is on the road every day. Glad I don't have to waste the car and give up all that fun due to weather.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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My friend in Montreal has to store her coupe too. She doesn't like to do that, but....that's life in the nord, eh?
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ours is in the garage for the winter. I still have some "storage" things to do next weekend but our "Sol Season" is over.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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While we live in Colorado, depending on the severity of the winter, since we get over 300 days of sun, we get to drive our cars at least a couple of times a month over the winter and fall
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:11 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm in Canada too, but my Solstice is a year round working car that gets used in all weather except snow - the stock tires on the GXP aren't exactly snow friendly.

I can see that living in the Frozen East (for American readers, that is where we Canadians keep our politicians) would be less than attractive. Oops - I meant less attractive for driving....
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:27 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Good one!!! Not only do we keep our politicians in the east but we also keep them further north from where I am. It is nice and cold there!
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:35 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Drove ours in the snow today. Too early for salt trucks and I still need to give it a final wash and paint detail so I figured, what the heck? Hate to think of how my wife is going to handle this winter seeing the Solstice in the garage.
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:56 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have an interesting philosophy for my daily driver. I want a car that suits the majority of my driving, yet being able to handle any kind of driving I might actually encounter. My car is a daily driver since day one in the fall of 2008. It gets about just under 15K km a year. So it's getting close to 60K now. I live where we get winter (Toronto the last couple years and now on the edge of the GTA). And in four years of ownership, the only time the weather has been so bad that I had difficulty, far more "typical" cars were having far more difficulty. Primarily because I get the best snow tires I can find, and they run the cheapest **** they can get onto their cars, or whatever it came with. The only time I have difficulty of any kind is when the accumulation gets pretty extreme for my area, which is over 6" at a time. We almost always get snow, but it's rare we get a 6" accumulation at a time. And even if we do, it's almost always plowed within 24 hours, and 48 at the most. So the once or twice in 4 years of daily driver ownership that I didn't go out because the snow accumulation was that bad has not been much of an issue. If it's that bad, schools, and a lot of business are pretty reasonable and shut down on those days that happen once every few years.

And to be totally honest, most of the damage that happens to my car happens when the weather is nice. Like on road trips where I get stone chips, and a lot more sun/UV damage.

Admittedly, I do have to rust-proof, and anti-seize the ish out of my car though.

I got my car in the fall of 08, and my first winter with it, I went to Boston for new year's eve partying, and was in a pretty serious snow storm for most of the drive there, and while there. When I parked, I parked in a hollow left by another parked car that left the spot. New years day, it snowed over night and was up to the doors. A little rocking back and forth and I got out of the spot without issue. Left for Toronto later that day without issue.

Never been a fan of "princess" cars that are only driven occasionally, but that's just me. Maybe I'd be different if I were super rich and could afford to own multiple expensive cars that would be ridiculous to maintain.
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:39 AM   #12 (permalink)
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still driving mine as of today and will til they throw down the salt, most likely next week it will go in the garage, very sad as the solstice and motorcycles sit waiting, well at least I can detail them all winter and with some luck get a few new mods
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:43 PM   #13 (permalink)
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They salted the roads around here last night so mine is now officially parked for the winter.

On the bright side, when I do get her out for the first time in the spring, it is almost like having a new toy again , something those who drive all year don't appreciate.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:52 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I park mine in October and put it back on the road in March. Meanwhile, I have a Chrysler 300 for my winter beater. Wifey drives the Truck.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:08 PM   #15 (permalink)
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They salted the roads around here last night so mine is now officially parked for the winter.

On the bright side, when I do get her out for the first time in the spring, it is almost like having a new toy again , something those who drive all year don't appreciate.
Not true, everyday I wake up it's like having a new toy that I don't get bored with. I appreciate and drive my car 24/7/365, so no need to hide my SOL in a garage 6 months or so a year, as it is my proud DD!

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