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Old 12-12-2009, 11:28 AM
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I used to (long time ago) run at high speed in the rain and snow. It always depended on the vehicle (my RX7's have always been very well balanced cars) and the tires (good condition, deep tread, good water shedding capability).

But now I do run slower, still ahead of most of the pack, but slower than I used to - simply because I now realize that the chances of hitting a deep spot of water is always there; so why take an unnecessary risk – especially when others are with me. And no matter how great your car and tires, if the water is deep enough YOU ARE GOING FOR AN UNEXPECTED DETOUR.

Those of you who still feel confident enough to continue to run at 80+ MPH, feel free to do so, just be aware of who is around you and what you might slide into if you do hydroplane.
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Old 12-12-2009, 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by cmyX6go View Post
I know it handles well. I still behave in down pours. I can't control the other guy.
74 with lots of space in front of me is "behaving" yes I am focused and ready to lift my foot but it not like I am running at 80. With regard to the other guy it seems that cars tend run together as a group by running faster I get ahead of the pack and probably safer. Now you can't do this in heavy traffic but in light traffic conditions I would much rather be out in front.
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Old 12-12-2009, 07:43 PM
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I agree and, have exclaimed many times: it is a helluva road car in almost any conditions. I realize one can't cheat physics, but it really, really runs down any road/any situ and never shakes its head. The CEO, not a motor head, says it's the safest feeling, best car she has ever owned.
Which is why next summer, with "The Boy" turns 16, he gets my X5. Dad gets a new car, "The Boy" gets a V8 that he already enjoys driving, and his parents can rest easy that he is in something very safe for the early teen driving years.
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Old 12-12-2009, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by cmyX6go View Post
I know it handles well. I still behave in down pours. I can't control the other guy.

This past monday the rain was insane. During my 1.5 hour drive I saw at least a dozen car accidents. While the VW drove fantastic I chose to play it safe. No need to risk my life to get there 5 seconds quicker
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