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Old 01-22-2005, 10:31 AM   #1
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Near death experience

On my way back from my family doc, and it has started snowing already.

driving 20 mph, broke lose, 360 across the road into traffic.

They missed me....Drove 10 the rest of the way home.

Need to change my pants.

Worst car in the snow. Ever.
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Old 01-22-2005, 10:40 AM   #2
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I hear these stories about this car. You need snows on the car. You were ok to just get home.

I never drive my 8 when snow is in the forecast.
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Old 01-22-2005, 10:41 AM   #3
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a 360?
Holy smokes you okay? Yah I bet those pants need changing. Ya probably need your back side hosed down! How scary whipping across incoming traffic. Good grief.

You are okay for sure yah?
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Old 01-22-2005, 10:46 AM   #4
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Just shaken up. Was in an accident in 1984 in the snow, broke 6 ribs, my hip in two places and punctured a lung...sort of had a flashback.


I really need to buy a used wrangler.

And new underpants.
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Old 01-22-2005, 10:56 AM   #5
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Dude, that is terrible!!! Until you get snow tires, I suggest this. I have mentioned it at least 5 times before, but it is still important for saving lives. WHEN IN THE SNOW BUT WEIGHT OVER THE WHEELS THAT GET POWER. If it is FWD, the engine will take care of that. RWD, go to lowes, buy 2 60 pound sand bags (will cost around 8 bux w/tax) and put them in your trunk. Grab 2 25 pound weights (15 will work) and put them under both the driver and passenger seat. Your car will feel like a new animal. Just dont get greedy and horse it. AND ALWAYS BE CAREFUL.
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Old 01-22-2005, 11:00 AM   #6
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Old 01-22-2005, 11:06 AM   #7
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i didnt realize how bad the car was going to be since ive driven other cars with summer tires and more power in the snow just fine, but with 1 inch of snow here and me fishtailing while IDLING i realized i need to drive the old saab this winter and pick up snow tires in the summer. did you try the weights and sandbag with ur summer tires, or add that on top of snow tires?
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Old 01-22-2005, 11:09 AM   #8
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summers w/weight. I had no problems living about 30 miles from lake erie.
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Old 01-22-2005, 11:37 AM   #9
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We're just now getting our first appreciable snowfall in the DC area. The 8 stays parked 'til the roads are DRY. No matter how I do, DC area drivers are inconsistent in snow skills; some are fine, some are a menace to civilization. I'm driving a 90 Celica, FWD, does fine on its all-seasons. Next year I'll get snow tires for the 8.
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Old 01-22-2005, 11:41 AM   #10
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glad to hear you're ok! i have winter tires on and we're getting 10-15 inches here in NJ but i'm not going to venture out. :D
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A big 4WD can do the same thing if it hits a pile of slush and that can be scary when you are out of control going into on-coming traffic. Glad you and the 8 are ok and you got home ok
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Old 01-22-2005, 01:40 PM   #13
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glad to hear you're ok! i have winter tires on and we're getting 10-15 inches here in NJ but i'm not going to venture out. :D

Yup, I think my way 4-6, but have not scene the news yet.

thought I would be home before it started.

Should have taken the xterra!
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Old 01-22-2005, 02:17 PM   #14
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I am glad to hear you're okay!! humbling experiences these things are!

But, near death? c'mon 20 mph. I'm sure the other cars weren't going mach 2 in the snow either.
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When your going round and round without control, it feels like near death. Especially in traffic. Doesn't matter how fast you're going, all you can think is ahhhhhhh car ahhhhhhhh truck ahhhhhhhh tree. Luckily for me, some part of my brain works independent of the rest and continues to try and gain control of the car. Unfortunately, at the time, I had a broken tie rod end and was traveling about 50mph in traffic so my efforts were futile. Landed in the median without a scratch though. The best I could manage was 2 180's instead of a 360. This was not in the 8.
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Old 01-22-2005, 03:22 PM   #16
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I am plesentley suprised on how good it is in the snow (considering the type of car) but it is nothing compared to my buddy's 2001 mustang gt. Today it took 5 guys to push hig car up his driveway into his garage and he was flooring on the gas. Now thats a bad car in the snow
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Old 01-22-2005, 03:25 PM   #17
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Scary stuff, huh? Did a similar thing in my wife's Miata this week. Only this was on the highway. Sideways through the median, 2 lanes of oncoming traffic and stopped on the opposite berm. Caused by me not paying enough attention to an abrupt chage to freezing rain.

How I didn't get hit by the oncoming traffic, I'll never understand. Not a scatch to me or the car. I've learned my lesson and hope others hear it as well. Pay attention & be careful out there!
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Old 01-22-2005, 03:25 PM   #18
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Glad you're OK, Rich! Be careful out there-I owe you a beer, remember; I'd like you to be around to fulfil my debt!
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Old 01-22-2005, 03:53 PM   #19
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Thanks eveyone. The car is in the driveway, and there it will stay. Good thing I have a few beers and some frozen hot wings for tommorow.

In the 80's I owned an svo. That car was bad in snow, rain and ice. But it did not slid as far as the 8, which seemed like a hockey puck today! Anyone know how to get frozen urine off of the seats?

By the way, the turkey hill eagles ice cream is darn good! My wife bought some for the game.

Guess it is a play with the kids, video night.
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When your going round and round without control, it feels like near death. Especially in traffic. Doesn't matter how fast you're going, all you can think is ahhhhhhh car ahhhhhhhh truck ahhhhhhhh tree. Luckily for me, some part of my brain works independent of the rest and continues to try and gain control of the car. Unfortunately, at the time, I had a broken tie rod end and was traveling about 50mph in traffic so my efforts were futile. Landed in the median without a scratch though. The best I could manage was 2 180's instead of a 360. This was not in the 8.
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If you think you are near death because you're skidding, you should take a skid school course or two. The benifits are amazing for both your car control and your mind set in such a situation.
That little part of your brain you descirbe that works independent of the rest will thank you, it doesn't like hearing ahhhhh car ahhhhhh tree :p
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I' ve taken one of those classes before, and I learned quite a bit. However there's not much you can do when your front right tire is cocked over at a 45 degree angle, and you're in a rwd car :p
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My biggest auto-related scare was a 40 mph head-on collision. I was in a 1970 Plymouth Duster, she was in some other old POS. Two-lane road, she hit a pothole and lost it, and I said "Oh shi-" *BOOM* The impact was incredible; imagine being inside of a sledge hammer as it slams into an anvil. Only had a lap belt - my shoulder hit the wheel and my hand went through the speedometer. Two hours later I was able to walk out of the hospital, with lots of bandages, but still walking (whew!)

The car was toast. The whole front left corner was gone, and the car had taken on the general shap of a humpback whale. Trust me, seatbelts save lives!
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RX8+Snow= teh Worst
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nah Camaro + snow = much worse :D

no weight over the rear wheels. Even the Camaro will get by barely with snow tires. Rx-8 with snow tires seems to do fairly well (no experience personally)
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Klegg......does your 8 have DSC? What spec 8 do you have?

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