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Model 3 clearance question

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by thgchris, Aug 18, 2017.

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  1. thgchris

    thgchris Member

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    I currently own a 2015 Subaru WRX with 4.9 inches of ground clearance that I currently have to back into my driveway (there is a dip going into the driveway and then it's steep right after that) and the only way I can make it in without scraping is to back in.

    I know the Model 3 has 5.5 inches of ground clearance is there any easy way to determine if the car will be able to clear my driveway dip going in front first?
     
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    What you really need are the approach and departure angles, but usually only off-road vehicles quote these.

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    Doing a side by side, it looks like the M3 should have a larger departure angle than the WRX's departure angle for sure, but the M3's approach angle may be close or even larger than WRX's departure angle also. The WRX has a really long tail behind the rear wheel so its departure angle is not very large.

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    Sounds like you maybe should just fix your driveway.
     
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    I can't fix my driveway ramp, it is a city mandated requirement to aid runoff and drainage to prevent local flooding.
     
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    I have a similar issue...will be hoping our new local Tesla showroom will have a demo to bring out and try around when my configuration goes live.
     
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    Wow, great response. I guess finding out this departure angle will be something that may be possible when non-employee Model 3 owners start taking delivery.

    I'll have to do some research on the WRX departure angle but yes looking at the side by side it looks like I'll be fine on the back side, but the front will be interesting.

    Also I assume 19 inch vs 18 inch wheels will play a factor as well.
     
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    The wheel size should not matter, the larger wheel is designed to use with tires that have smaller sidewall, so the overall tire circumference should be the same between 18" and 19" wheels.
     
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    I still hope that the adjustable air suspension will be available on the 3 by the time my turn to configure comes up.
     
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    Now that we see Model 3's in the wild, do we have new information? I'm still interested in this question beyond just getting my Model 3 and testing if I can pull in the vehicle or if I have to back in.
     
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    We're in a similar situation and our Model S has SAS so use that geofenced at our house (plus other stupidly high speed bumps in town and in shopping centers). I'm so torn about what I do when I get an invite for the LR production model or waiting it out for the AWD version with SAS.
     
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    It will probably come mid next year and will be part of the AWD package. (That is the rumor so far.)
     
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    Well, here is what I am doing because I want SAS on my model 3. I made an online reservation on 3/31/16. I want that car ASAP which may be in about 3 months (estimator says Jan/Mar). I made a second reservation a couple of months ago. I expect to get that car maybe in late 2019. I expect that there will be many more options available at that time including SAS. I will either sell the first car or keep it as a second car, time will tell. This strategy gives me the most flexibility.
     

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