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#2 of 69 Stock SS tires in winter
Jan 04, 2006 (3:01 am)
To the SS owners that have driven with the stock wheels/tires so far this winter...any updates or new opinions on driving with these in the snow?? Thanks.
#3 of 69 Re: Stock SS tires in winter [simplystressed]
Jan 04, 2006 (6:28 pm)
I haven't driven in any snow since I live in the cold winter rain capital of the world (Sussex Co. Delaware), but the SS tires seem to work great in the rain. I've also put 93 octane gas in the car for the last two fill-ups and I've noticed about a 2-3 mpg increase....
The mileage still isn't great, but the car is definitely fun!
#4 of 69 Re: Stock SS tires in winter [ironjasper]
Jan 06, 2006 (3:34 pm)
What do you get for milage?
Can you get over 23 on the highway?
#5 of 69 Re: Stock SS tires in winter [worr]
Jan 09, 2006 (10:29 am)
Yes, when I was running regular gas I averaged about 24 mpg on a couple 45 miles runs to Dover. I haven't tried the highway yet with the 93 octane.... However, I've been averaging about 2 - 3 mpg better around town with the 93 over the 87... If I fill the car up with 93 vs. 87, I'll spend an additional $3.40... However, if I average an additional 2.5 mpg I can travel an additional 43 miles on a tank of gas. Therefore, it does seem worth it to me to fill the car up with 93.
Just my $.02
#6 of 69 Re: Stock SS tires in winter [ironjasper]
Jan 10, 2006 (8:05 am)
Jan 17, 2006 (4:38 pm)
I'm wavering between the 2LT and the 3LT. I'll be driving the car mostly in town but wonder what the difference is in ride and handling with the 17" tires vs the 16" ones. Has anyone driven both of them and can you give me an opinion? Thanks - Karl
#8 of 69 Re: 2LT or 3LT? [dispencer1]
Jan 18, 2006 (2:39 pm)
I drove both cars prior to selecting my 3LT. As a matter of fact, I drove the SS, as well (too much torque steer). There was a slight difference with each reduction in sidewall. All of these tires have the same outside diameter, so the larger the wheel, the shorter the sidewall. The shorter sidewalls will produce a slight increase in road shock when driving over rough surfaces. I liked the handling characteristics of the 3LT best. The 3LT was also more powerful and fun to drive than the 2LT. The wheels and dual exhaust give the car a little more sporty appearance, as well. There are a few things that need improvement on future models, but overall, it's nice transportation.
#9 of 69 Re: 2LT or 3LT? [zjim]
Jan 18, 2006 (7:08 pm)
Thanks for the insight. Did you feel that the general ride was about the same on both cars? I assume that the 3LT has a handling suspension.
#10 of 69 Re: 2LT or 3LT? [dispencer1]
Jan 19, 2006 (7:53 pm)
Generally speaking, the ride was about the same. I don't believe there is any difference in the suspension between the 2LT and 3LT. I'd say the slight difference is attributable to the tires only. The SS has a different suspension, including tubular sway bars, and of course, those huge 18" wheels.