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Old 12-09-2017, 09:24 PM
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Old 12-09-2017, 11:02 PM
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I got my C4S specifically to transport me and my skis to local resorts. We use salt, mag chloride, and sand on our roads and sand is an issue. I'll powerwash off the salt and mag chloride but the sand is still beating the hell out my clear bra and windshield. Handles the snow well enough except when it get super deep. The rears catch the ruts a bit more and makes it nervous. Clearance is, of course, an issue. A snow bank took out my side skirt and mud guard last year. Too bad nobody "Safaris" the 997.
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Old 12-10-2017, 02:19 AM
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Yup, my 2010 4S Cab has been my year-round DD here in Chicago for the last 4 years. I’ve got a dedicated winter wheel set which is a MUST if you’re going to winter DD your 997. I bought a set of 997.1 Turbo rims and installed 19” Sottozero’s that work great for our Chicago winters. The 4S is a BEAST with snow tires, although Hula is right the challenge is when you get more than 6” of unplowed snow as the clearance is a challenge. Throw some snows on your 997 and have at it! Here’s mine from last winter:

​​​​​​​I swear that my car is smiling in the last pic


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Winter wash

Trader Joe's grocery run!
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:19 AM
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My cayenne is a beast in the snow and after a very expensive paint correction and sealant the c4s is taking a well deserved four month hiatus. So yes you can drive a p car in the snow!
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Old 12-10-2017, 07:46 PM
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My 2009 C4S had served me well last 8 years in Buffalo winter and now my 2018 Macan Turbo PP is taking over winter duty. C4S is enjoying her semi retirement in the warm garage until Spring


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Old 12-11-2017, 06:38 AM
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I grew up in the mountains as a car enthusiast. The chemicals killed my car from the inside out (Golf GTI). I would drive a beater in the snow, but not my nice cars...which is everything in So Cal.
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by captainbaker View Post
I grew up in the mountains as a car enthusiast. The chemicals killed my car from the inside out (Golf GTI). I would drive a beater in the snow, but not my nice cars...which is everything in So Cal.
I drove my 2000 Boxster S as my every day, all weather driver for about 13 years in Philly salt...... no issues at all.... none. While the snow is not all that bad, they salt like crazy here and it is unavoidable. The new owner of the car turned the car into a track car and had some issues removing the calipers or some other parts in there. Something about frozen bolts.... was this the result of salt? Maybe.... or maybe it is just what happens at 197K miles and 13 years.

Edit: I did have buzzing from some heat shields rotting out... that happened after just a few years.

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Old 12-11-2017, 12:48 PM
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My '06 C4S is my every day car. Sottozero's are on it for the winter in North East Indiana.. Had my first drive to work in the snow and it did great. I had an empty parking lot to test everything out for...uhh, safety purposes. Only problem was finding a parking spot:

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Old 12-11-2017, 03:18 PM
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I lived up north until I was 40, never considered buying an expensive sports car due to winters. Partly due to the effects of salt, partly lack of ground clearance and getting beached, partly the likelihood of me sliding into someone or them into me, and partly because it seemed like idiocy to own a depreciating car I could only drive 6 months a year. Living in Miami vicinity I have two sports cars which I drive all year. If I never witness, let alone need to drive in snow again it will be too soon. So that would be a "no"
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You have people like most of the responders here that drive all year round because:
1. it seems such a shame to park a car you love to drive for 4-6 months
2. it is a very capable car for the winter with the proper tires on it
3. it is a modern cars and has this new thing called rustproofing
4. its just a car after all. Its not like a 997 is rare, expensive or tough to find. Now I wouldn't drive my GT3RS (if I had one) in the winter but a garden variety 997.....

And then there is the crowd who stores them at the first sign of frost because its likely the car would fall apart if rain/snow touched it.

As you point out, most people with nice cars ie BMW M's, AMG Mercs etc drive their cars in the winter because they are just cars . They think storing a $40-50k Porsche is lunacy!
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Even with rust proofing, my car has no chance because of the amount of salt Ottawa dumps on its roads and the fact I park in a heated garage (speeds up the corrosion) . That and the fact my daily is a Subaru and well....makes little sense to drive my sports car that has very little ground clearance when the Subaru owns snow all day long.
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Old 12-11-2017, 03:56 PM
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Driving sports cars in the snow is great fun:
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Subaru doesn't do too bad of a job at that either

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Old 12-11-2017, 05:09 PM
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Yep... Now I just wish we'd get more of it!

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