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post #1 of 13 Old 04-26-2007, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Subarus in Snowy Places

Ok, so as my profile says, I'm from Puerto Rico so it's not cold...at all. I'm gonna move to the upper states where it's cold and snowy to study. Question is: if I take my WRX wagon, will the snow/salt damage it? How do cars fair against the cold and the snow/salt? Thanks...I just don't want to loose my car to salt and stuff.

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Salt and sand eat cars up. Nothing you can really do about it. Subarus are mostly cold weather cars, they are everywhere in New England so they are used to it.
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not to mention not all states use salt on the roads. The sand will be minimal at best.
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Your car was made to be rallied on the snow. I don't understand how a Subaru can spend it's life on southern pavement...

I rock studded Nokia Hakka 2's and I'm almost sad to take them off when the snow melts!

on the otherside, you can spin on a dime w/ slicks on.

Wash the salt off (especially undercarage) frequently and you should be fine for a short term exposure.

You have a couple months left(8-9) before it's even an issue.

You're gonna love your car in the snow!
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Keep a nice coat of wax on her and she will be fine

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Periodic touchless car washes including an underbody wash, (probably $8 a pop) should do well during the winter.

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underbody is where you need to keep clean, all that salt and road grime will build up under there.

It usually takes years of exposure for rust to develop, so you shouldn't worry too much.
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We dont use salt in colorado. The people here voted it out. They would rather wreck their cars due to ice than have them rust a little. IMO... if you wash the underside of your vehicle real good, you have nothing to worry about. As far as the car in the snow.... What fun! I have only had mine through a few small ones this year, but I have owned subaru after subaru and I rarely get stuck. We got hit with about 3 feet at christmas, and that was the only time I wouldnt have taken it out.. Luckily, I still have a truck! :-)

Good luck with your move!
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Snow Is A Blast!!!

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Yea, here in Washington we use Sand and the de-icer stuff in some cities is laid down and it just melts the ice right down.

I agree, as long as you keep a good coat of wax on her and be sure to do the underbody washes your car will be fine! Look at us, we all already live here w/our Subies and we are good

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The only thing you really need to worry about getting wrecked is the undercarriage. As you drive along a snowy or slushy road the bottom of the car will get splashed with a salty slurry. Like some have said, you can take care of it pretty easily by getting a car wash every so often. If you're really worried about rust, you might be able to spray down the undercarriage yourself after every drive.

Find a parking lot and learn how to do snow drifts. It's a ton of fun.

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Here's an Oldie but Goodie Video of snow/ice driving

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFkR1j9v6ek

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Ziebart rust proofing...like the slogan says...Its us or rust.

All right, where is the distributor cap? I need to find the #1 plug wire to hook up my SUN machine.
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