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post #1 of 62 Old 02-22-2010, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone I am thinking about getting an SS as a daily driver. I live near Dallas, Texas and we dont get many days of snow, or ice, or salt on the roads. I was wondering are there any of you SS owners, who live in the southern states, use your cars as daily drivers? Any issues? I tried to search on this subject and couldnt find anything.

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post #2 of 62 Old 02-22-2010, 02:04 AM
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There is no reason you can't have this vehicle as a DD. If you keep your foot out of it, which for me is impossible, you can even get pretty decent gas mileage opposed to say a full size truck. Being that you live near Dallas I would assume you might have to decide between manual or auto. The traffic isn't too terrible where I live so the manual isn't a pain, but for heavy traffic you might consider the auto. Its just too much fun with a manual IMO. With those Pirellis and this car I have never felt more secure on the road in heavy rain. It sticks like glue. Go for it.
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post #3 of 62 Old 02-22-2010, 03:57 AM
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I personnally am not using my SS as a daily driver but it could be with no problem. My daily driver is a pickup and gets gas mileage worse than my SS. My SS gets an average 20 mpg and the truck about 15. Most of my miles are on highways so a manual was a must for the SS and my pickup is an auto. To get the fun out of the SS I have to drive back roads so I get to shift more. If you have an SS and use it for a daily driver get use to waving high to everyone that passes and the constant double takes by the other drivers.
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post #4 of 62 Old 02-22-2010, 04:15 AM
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I think the worst thing you might have to do to be on the safe side(for those days you DO get rain and whatnot) is get all-season tires instead of the summer-only performance they come with.
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post #5 of 62 Old 02-22-2010, 05:08 AM
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im not in the south but when it doesnt snow i drive her everyday its a very good DD but I too cant keep my foot out of it but have gotten good mpgs on the hwy get the SS live the dream

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post #6 of 62 Old 02-22-2010, 05:26 AM
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I live in Savannah and use mine as a DD. I drive it about 100 miles a day and have had no issues, not even in the rain. If that's what you want to do, I say go for it

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post #7 of 62 Old 02-22-2010, 06:45 AM
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Well, I intend to use mine as a daily driver. It's sitting in my garage waiting on me to get home from Afghanistan. My wife picked it up in Dec and I have yet to enjoy the state of "permagrin". Can't wait though. I did have a 98 Firebird that I used as a daily driver for 8 years. No issues really. I got a little tired of the stick in heavy stop and go situations. I had it in Colorado for a couple of years too and even with the occasional snow, it wasn't too bad. As far as comfort for driving in that car, I can't complain. I made several cross country trips in that car and never felt uncomfortable. With everyone talking how comfy the new Camaro is, I'm sure you won't have any problems either.

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post #8 of 62 Old 02-22-2010, 06:50 AM
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I am from the Texarkana area and use my SS as a DD. If I driver nice I can get about 20 mpg. Most of the time I get about 16 mpg. Runs great no problems. My only problem is that I forget to drive my truck every other week...

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post #9 of 62 Old 02-22-2010, 06:51 AM
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why not? if you don't mind the mpg (which isn't even that bad)...go for it!

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post #10 of 62 Old 02-22-2010, 07:00 AM
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i have seen a lot of SS's on the road that look like daily drivers from how dirty they are, it is definitely a car that is cheap enough to not worry about daily driving hazards after a year or two as opposed to driving a corvette or other super cars everyday.

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