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Those stupid parking bumpers are killing me. Has anybody torn one off? Can you protect them with cover? Some times hard to judge distance .....Just venting.:willy:
 

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The car is so short I am usually at least a foot from the curb/bumpers when I park. No reason to try and get closer.
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or back into the space
 

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Go to your local Home Depot or Lowes and buy a strip of aluminum and pop rivet it to the bottom of your spoiler or just be extra careful as are cars are built low to the ground in case you did not notice
 

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Yes I noticed still getting hang of it. HAHA. My other car {truck} is a Avalanche....Its like having a monster truck now!
 

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Yes I noticed still getting hang of it. HAHA. My other car {truck} is a Avalanche....Its like having a monster truck now!
I know the feeling. When I go from my solstice to my land cruiser, I feel like a complete BA because it's so big but when I go from my land cruiser to my solstice, I feel really sporty, because, well, it's really sporty.
 

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I did this once in a handicap spot, pulled in to turn around, damn concrete bumper must have been 3 ft from the actual curb! Probably to keep the elderly from driving through the front of the stores :lol: Hearing that sound once is all it took, never again. I always back into spots anyway not to curb my wheels.
 

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Yep. Driving a 3/4 ton pick up for 12 years, crew cab, you develop a habit of pulling up as far as you can because your rig is so long you don't want to leave your tail sticking out.

You do the same thing with the Solstice and hear that dreaded scrape. Get out and realize you could park two of them in the same space as the pick up!
 

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I can't say I've ever had this problem. I've always parked far enough away that I've never hit one of those blocks. The issue is, most of those blocks are 6" tall and the front of the Solstice is only 5". The Cobalt SS I had before only had 5" of clearance too, but that had an actual lip piece that if you hit something it could actually tear off. My biggest learning curve was figuring out how to take steep driveways and such so that my front lip doesn't touch the ground.
 

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I can't say I've ever had this problem. I've always parked far enough away that I've never hit one of those blocks. The issue is, most of those blocks are 6" tall and the front of the Solstice is only 5". The Cobalt SS I had before only had 5" of clearance too, but that had an actual lip piece that if you hit something it could actually tear off. My biggest learning curve was figuring out how to take steep driveways and such so that my front lip doesn't touch the ground.
Steep driveways are the best reason to get chassis braces. When you turn in at an angle, you'll lift your trailing front wheel right over danger.

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Steep driveways are the best reason to get chassis braces. When you turn in at an angle, you'll lift your trailing front wheel right over danger.

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I have a backbone, but I'll have to look for a front brace sometime soon. With my Cobalt, I was running a really beefy rear sway bar for autox, and the slightest incline would make the car into a teeter totter. It was awesome, especially when I had to explain to passengers what just happened.
 

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Decades ago I had a really nice VW Dasher wagon. The A/C compressor on the car was hung down low below the front bumper right at curb height. The first time I drove the car to the corner store and pulled into a parking spot against the curb, I heard a clank and then a loud whoose as all the refrigerent dumped out.

I've never parked against a curb, with any car in my driving career since then!
 

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It's just a habit to pull up close. I went to lunch with some co-workers and the chic driving in a jeep liberty pulled up slowly intil her car hit the pylon and she did it at the restaraunt and back at work. those things are small and she had a good 4 feet behind her. I was dpulling all the way up too and then when I'd get out, I wonder to myself, why am I pupping up so much? Just a habit. if there's a car next to you, just pull up a little past it's rear tires and you're done. I do that now and I have a good 3 feet in front of me and I'm still sticking out the back less than other cars.
 

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The wife did this earlier this year. Scratched the hell out of the underside and popped off two of the rivets or screws holding the mesh on. It's gonna need sanded and painted when I get the chance.
 

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Ive screamed the Homer Simpson Doh!! and a few other
choice words.It doesent take but a time or too,and seeing
the damage.It will sink in to the ol noggin not to do that
anymore.Next come the door dings,then the wife will back
into it,and to wrap it all up,you nail a few dozen animals.
All of these things happen,and never would if you drove anything else.:(
 

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In addition, I have learned to never let anyone else drive my low cars unless they drive a lower car than I do :lol:, because nobody else understands why you have to angle a driveway or park away from a park stop until its too late.
 

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In addition, I have learned to never let anyone else drive my low cars unless they drive a lower car than I do :lol:, because nobody else understands why you have to angle a driveway or park away from a park stop until its too late.
My fear as well....I have witnessed many cars losing paint by parking on top of parking stops. I heard a CTS nearly remove a bumper doing this, and when I went to investigate, she was just closing the door and left it atop the concrete sidewalk which was about 6" tall if not more. So many people just do not care.
 
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