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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 :cool: rip around the block. I then put the cover on.....good night!:cryin::devil::cryin:

Hopefully spring comes early to my part of "The Great White North":thumbs:
 

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:sorry:

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. :(

Don't cry..it'll be over soon
 

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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!:willy:
 

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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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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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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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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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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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Good one!!!:lol: 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!:thumbs:
 

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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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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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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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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 :driving:, something those who drive all year don't appreciate.
 

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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 :driving:, 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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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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I love driving my car regularly so much that I will regularly choose to take my car even when it's not the best choice, and I have other cars to choose from. Every drive is an "event". It's such a physical/tactile experience, particularly with the alignment I run, and the manual transmission. When I drive a 2011 Mazda 3, a 2009 Matrix XR (2.4L), a 2010 Highlander (Limited 3.5L) (all of which I drive regularly), the experience is so dull and lacking in information/feel and most of all, ability. The Mazda 3 has a pretty good chassis, and handles very well for a FWD econo car. But even then, it's not nearly as enjoyable to drive regularly. And that's how I'd feel driving a "beater" over the winter.

But again, that's just me.
 

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Brought the Solstice home this past March after about 5 inches of snowfall. Wife was concerned about my ability to get it up the driveway (about 300 feet and two decent hills.) I told her "Oh, I'll get it up the driveway. You won't be in it and you won't be watching me, but I'll get it up the driveway."

Grew up on the Canadian border. Took driver's ed in the winter. We all learned how to drive RWD cars in the snow 'back then".

I firmly believe that front wheel drive has made drivers less safe in winter weather. The additional traction gives them a false sense of security because after all, if you can get going okay, you can stop okay, right? Witnessed it on a highway several years ago in the pickup when the back end squirmed as we were climbing a gradual slope. The wind had started to blow snow across the pavement causing it to glaze over in ice. I said to my wife "There's going to be trouble up ahead." Cars were continuing to pass us as I slowed down.

Sure enough we crested the hill and there was about 6 or 7 cars on either side of the road. As soon as they tried to slow down they freaked out on the ice and lost it.

So I'm with you on the daily driver aspect Carbon. However I will also be putting ours up for a few months. If nothing else I'll get to try to bring the paint back to where I want it.
 

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In Michigan it's that time too for winter. Actually had the first snow duster this weekend. Spring will come again! Please contact us if you any concerns or questions. Happy Holidays everyone!

Matt,

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