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Old 07-21-2004, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm considering parking my car for the winter (325is)...

I'd drive a MINI through the winter for under $500CDN/mnth including the insurance.

Is it worth it or should I just drive my car through the winter? I have winter tires and wheels ready to go if I decide to keep driving it...
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Old 07-21-2004, 10:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i will be (hopefully this winter)
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Old 07-21-2004, 10:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i am parking mine, going to get a heated garage and that is when the massive projects are going down as i will have the car totally torn apart and i don't want to crash in the dumb minnesota weather but i will still drive other volvo hopefully
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My plan was too, but it ain't gonna happen. If you do store it make sure the place you store it has insurance for a car to be stored. Some of those little storage garages won't let you put a car in there. Also, make sure there isn't any bugs or anything on the car when you let it sit, they'll just sit on the paint and possibly leave a mark for a very long time.

If you're storing it for like 4 months solid where you can get to the car ever, you might look into a dehumidifier so your interior doesn't get eaten. But I doubt anything would happen during the winter where you'd need that. It's really more of a thing for storing a car year round.
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Old 07-22-2004, 06:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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my cars gunna be sitting in my driveway, covered , and the old rims are going back on......Ill be driving the beast throught out the winter ...92 toyota pickup w/ 33in tires ....gets me thru everything
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I stored my car in California last winter (I'm from NY) and when it was taken out of storage in the spring, there were several things that no longer worked: driver's side window (only opened 1/2 way), sunroof (would not fully open), cd changer, high beams (would not turn on), and, some small animal built a nest in my airbox.

So my advicee would be that if you do store it, and it is for more than a few weeks, try to get it out on the road a few times.
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my previous car was a E36 M3, it was a 95. I stored it evey winter in a garage that wasn't heated. I stored it evey year that i had it (4.5 years) I bought this bag for it called the car jacket. I would wash it very well before i stored it and let it dry for two days before i put it away, then the car jacket zipped up all the way around the car and sealed it out of any mostiure to get in or out. Then a few bags that soak up any mostiure that shouldn't be in the bag i placed through out the car and the bag. i left the windows half way down and disconnected the battery, and over inflated the tires so that they wouldn't get flat spots. It started up like a dream every year i brought it out. The michigan winters wouldn't allow me to use this car w/o traction control, it just would have been a mess. But this is going to be my first year with my 530i sport. I bought a 16 inch wheel for this car and from what i have heard it will work out real well with my snow tires. Best of luck.
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this guy in my town keeps a Toyota Supra in one of those bags...but not just for the winter-summers, springs, all year round...Only drives it like twice a month. What a complete waste of car. His other car, 87 Nissan Maxima...
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Im not storing mine cause I don't have another car to drive around. Plust, I dont think I could go for longer than a week without driving my car. I live in Georgia anyways so the winters down here aren't very extrememe...only snows about once a year if that.
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i could go longer than a week without driving my car whens theres a foot of snow on the ground! haha but yeah i have a 91 toyota pickup with 35's 5 inch lift that will get me around just fine this winter, not to mention that i can run over so much stuff!!!

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Lol dude, snowbank killing in the way to go. I like helping out the snow plow guys and finding the curb for them

One time I was going like 30 through some snow banks without 4wd on, and I hit a huge one (to the top of my hood on the jeep) and it snapped me sideways, then the back end hit it and it got corrected, the guy coming the oposite way looked like he shat himself.
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