We have just bought a new place which has a steepish drive. The drive has been very nicely ,and I would guess, expensively done, but on driving down it for the first time, I heard a horrible graunching noise from under the car as I went over the crest from where the pavement goes up slightly from the road before it drops down onto the drive.
I drove back and got SWMBO to check underneath as I drove over the crest and it is the "toblerone" shaped strengthening sections, under the floor just forward of the rear wheels, that are grounding.
We had got a fair bit of stuff in the boot, and when I tried again later with nothing in the boot and just me on board it just about cleared. But even with SWMBO back in, who is under 9 stone wringing wet, it caught again.
So I have a problem with various solutions:
1) Get the drive re-laid with a more gently slope. This might not be possible/practical and I'm not sure how much it would cost.
2) Change the car for one with greater ground clearance. Again expensive, and as the car is only a year old, I wasn't planning to change it for a bit.
3) Turn the stereo up as I drive onto the drive and hope the toblerone bits are quite thick and solid!
4) Try to increase the ride height of the car.
4) seems possibly the best option. As it is the Sport, I guess I could swap to Standard/SE springs. I think this would give me another 15mm of clearance which might well be enough. But are the shocks the same? or would I need to change them as well? I know most people switch the other way, to lower the car, maybe there is someone who wants to do a swap? I don't mind playing around with car electrics/stereos etc, but it is a long time since I got my hands oily on a car, how easy a job would it be to swap a set of springs?
Anyone got any other suggestions? (apart from always check the drive when you buy a property!)