We’ve all done it. You go a bit too fast over a speed bump or pull a bit too far into a parking space and scrape your car’s bumper on the curb. You hear the scraping sound and cringe, knowing that there is damage to your car. When Tesla’s second sedan hit the streets in 2017, Model 3 ground clearance was a controversial subject. Critics wondered if the car was built too close to the ground and likely be damaged by normal driving conditions.

The Truth

The Model 3 “looks” like it sits close to the ground. In reality, the standard model sits above the ground at 5.5.” The performance Model 3 ground clearance sits about a centimeter less than this. This is actually decent considering that several Mercedes models sit just north of three and a half inches. Most Chevy Corvettes are around four inches off of the ground or slightly higher.

A quick perusal of this thread on the Tesla Motors Club forum reveals that these Model 3 owners haven’t had too many issues. We’ve mentioned the Tesla Motors Club forum a few times, they are an excellent source of information. User “polyknot” writes, “Negative, Ghostrider. I traverse 6 per day and do not have any issues. 4 are standard bumps and the other 2 are elongated bumps. I’m sure that will not be the case with ALL speed bumps, but I have had 0 issues.”

User “ngogas” further emphasized this point by stating, “Bumpers and gutter all day. Learn to go at an angle and slow down. Real world problem for all sedans. Learn to drive right and you will be ok majority of the time. Lol.”

According to “beantownrich” (I wonder if he’s from Boston), “I may have lowered my car 1.5″ and still don’t have an issue.” Good to know!

Kissing Scrapes Goodbye

The good news is that there are solutions if you are having Model 3 ground clearance issues. The bad news is that only a few of the solutions involve your Model 3. When asked what to do about continued scraping on the driveway, user “daniel in sd,” suggested, “I don’t think you can run tires that are much taller than stock without hitting the front suspension knuckle (?). I would just grind down the high point in your driveway.
Concrete Grinder 10″
For the lip you can buy ramps:
Bridjit Curb Ramps for Driveways and More!

Don’t change your car, change your driveway!

User “ngogas” was again extremely helpful, suggesting that for the original poster it would be a, “Good time to lose some weight. Holiday is coming up plan on not eating too. Lol”

I’m beginning to think that “ngogas” is some sort of wisenheimer…

Other users suggested raising the PSI in the tires and/or backing into the driveway to avoid scrapes.

In shameless-plug fashion, vendor/user MountainPass chimed in with the following, “We sell lift kits for the Model 3, it is a 2″ lift and compatible with OEM and aftermarket suspension. We sold 5 sets made to order, and are currently taking orders for the next batch. We are at 3/5, so please let us know if you want to put down a deposit!” 

Well played my friend, well played.

Do any of our readers have suggestions for avoiding scrapes when driving the Model 3? Have you used any of the driving techniques or products mentioned in this post? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.

Source | Image: Tesla.com