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Low ground clearance in snow and ice

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#1 OFFLINE   phaskew


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Posted 22 November 2015 - 09:17 PM

Wondering if the low clearance at the front has resulted in problems in snow, and especially with ice. Seems like a lot of plastic under there!

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#2 OFFLINE   timwil56


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Posted 23 November 2015 - 02:50 AM

Do you mean hitting it, or driving through it? Last winter (and fall and spring), we got a fair amount of snow where I live. I never had any issues with the front end or clearance under the car. As stated in numerous threads, a set of winter tires is highly recommended.

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#3 OFFLINE   bschwerdt


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Posted 23 November 2015 - 05:45 AM

This is my first winter with the car, and it has only started to snow here.  I'm sure I'll plenty of chance to see how it handles in the stuff, though, seeing as Syracuse is the snowiest city in the US.

#4 OFFLINE   komondor


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Posted 23 November 2015 - 04:10 PM

I tore the front plastic trim and ice damaged the shutters for the bottom part of the grill, the dealer said the shutters will cost 700.00 to repair.



So it has a lot more go than ground clearance.

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#5 OFFLINE   mags


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Posted 28 October 2017 - 06:40 PM

I live 1/2 mile from the nearest paved road.  Yes this car does not have the clearance it should and because of the weight in the rear from battery, very tough to handle on ice and lots of low lying plastic to get bumped and or scraped.

#6 OFFLINE   Milkman


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Posted 29 October 2017 - 04:10 PM

When I got my '14 C-Max, I didn't know when it was last serviced, so I decided to change the oil, I looked under the front and noticed that the engine cover was hanging low. I put it up on ramps and found that there were several screws missing from the cover and it was sagging in the middle. I changed the oil and when I put the cover back on, I replaced all the screws and held the middle of the cover up as I tightened the screws. More ground clearance now, but still lower than my Prius. We don't have a lot of snow here so hope I don't have a problem.

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