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Old 12-09-2017, 02:43 PM
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My car is new to me, so I don’t know if previous owners drove through bad weather and salty roads. I wonder what the consensus is? I definitely seen results of salt on my vehicles over the years in NJ. Are Porsches different? I drove my truck today because they salted the roads ast night. First snow of the season. I passed at least ten Beemers on my way home. No Porsches. Thoughts?
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I live in Naples Florida now but I lived in NJ for over 60 years. I'm a 011 owner since 1999 and always drove my car in snow...always! Put snow tires on the C-4 and all was good. No worries.

I wouldn't have owned the car to put her in the garage for 4 months!

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Yes, buy snow tires... I recommend Michelins if you can find the size. My 2009 C2S is my everyday, only driver. Philadelphia.

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Old 12-09-2017, 03:32 PM
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Upstate NY here and an average of 120” of snow a season. And probably that much salt too.
The salt and cinders the towns use would destroy my cars in two seasons. Both my 911’s hibernate for the four months.
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Originally Posted by shekmark View Post
My car is new to me, so I don’t know if previous owners drove through bad weather and salty roads. I wonder what the consensus is? I definitely seen results of salt on my vehicles over the years in NJ. Are Porsches different? I drove my truck today because they salted the roads ast night. First snow of the season. I passed at least ten Beemers on my way home. No Porsches. Thoughts?
When I lived in the KC MO area I drove my then new 2002 Boxster in the snow. I didn't have snow tires and fortunately save for one exception this wasn't a real problem, but I would *not* recommend one follow my lead. If you are going to drive in the snow get proper snow tires fitted. Period.

The car was fine. Whenever the temperature was above freezing I'd stop at a nearby DIY car wash and use the heated water to rinse the car down and rinse underneath the car.

Then when the last of the snow was gone I'd wash the car at home and really give the under carriage a thorough rinsing. That was back in Jan. 2002 to Feb. 2004. Here it is nearly Jan. 2018 when the car will be 16 years old and the underneath of the car is fine. Still has the original coils believe it or not and with over 315K miles on the car.

With proper snow tires the car will be fine. When you can when it gets warm (above freezing) rinse the car and be sure to drive it after to use the brakes to dry them or they'll rust up. They'll rust up anyhow when you park the car as the heat from the car will melt any snow/ice/slush that has accumulated in the wheel wells and this water drips down and gets on the brake hardware. When you take the car out after it has sat be sure to use the brakes -- but don't bring the car to a stop! -- a few times to remove any rust and dry the brakes.

Come spring then give the car a nice wash and rinse.

I drove my Boxster a lot and changed the oil every 5K miles so it had fresh oil for winter and spring (and summer and fall). Just before bad weather sets in my advice would be to change the oil/filter so the car faces winter with fresh oil. Because it is so cold the engine won't get very hot and water will build up in the oil. But it is nice to start out with fresh oil. Then come spring I'd change the oil again to remove the water contaminated oil so the summer driving season likewise starts with fresh oil.
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Old 12-09-2017, 04:25 PM
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All the time , just not in my C4S
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Old 12-09-2017, 04:38 PM
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Have lived in NJ, Monmouth cty, Essex cty for 38 years. Always drove in snow with BMW's and since 2010 with 911's, 996 C4S and now 997 C2S cab. I used Blizzaks in 18 and now Sottozeros in 19. What's the big deal?
Everyone else does and NJ roads are cleaned up fairly rapidly. I drive my 911 everywhere in all weathers. Great DD!
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Great reply’s! I picked up some used Sottozeros on 19 in rims. I may like these “winter” rims better than whats on now. I haven’t had time to switch yet.
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OMG! The former Florida garage queen just lost half its value... Can you say “driver”?
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Drive my 09 C2 all year round. Have Sottozero’s on 19” rims.
I’m too old to not enjoy my car all year round.
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Old 12-09-2017, 05:10 PM
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I watched a show on building 911’s and it looked like they put a lot of effort into coating parts with rust protection before assembling.
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Snow driver here.
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Originally Posted by shekmark View Post
I watched a show on building 911’s and it looked like they put a lot of effort into coating parts with rust protection before assembling.
My 09 C2 is a Canadian car and it has just short of 150,000 kilometres on it. I’m the second owner and given the mileage am pretty sure this car has been driven all year round since the get go.
I have a 4 post lift at home and I’ve had all the plastic panels off the bottom of the chassis and it looks like new under there. The underside of the car is really well protected from corrosion. Just drive it and enjoy it!
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I lived in CT and drove my Porsche regardless of the weather. In the winter I went to 4 snow tires and went down to 15" wheels to help minimize the tread pattern
If the weather allowed I would spray the underside of the car every weekend to remove as much salt as I could I kept the car for 10 years and never had an issue
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