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or since the car is light...you can have the neighbours come out and help you lift the car in and out of the garage


+1 on having it alterd so you dont have to deal with "is it going to hit?" thoughts and fears as you come in and go out of your OWN house.
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Or you can angle a sheet of wood over it and use it as a ramp since the car is light

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I have no effin' clue what the heck you're trying to say. Greater than 180 degrees? Do you mean that there's a vertical drop off between the street level and the driveway?


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Actually, 90ļ (or 270ļ depending on direction of measurement) would be a vertical drop. 180ļ is perfectly flat.

Fine. I'll go build my own car... with blackjack and hookers. In fact, forget the car and the blackjack. Ahh, screw the whole thing.
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Or you can angle a sheet of wood over it and use it as a ramp since the car is light
lol...i should've thought of that


and on a side note...are you on BMW Forums too??
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Awesome! Thank you. What I calculated as the top angle just didn't feel right. I had a contractor come out and quote me $8-900 for a not pretty but workable job, or $2500 + 3 months' permit time and fees for a pretty job. This, I can take.
Of course, you have to make sure the work won't violate any city planning issues (eg, drainage). If you cause your own house to flood, you could ruin it. If you cause someone else's house to flood, you could lose it (yours).

Fine. I'll go build my own car... with blackjack and hookers. In fact, forget the car and the blackjack. Ahh, screw the whole thing.
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and on a side note...are you on BMW Forums too??
Nope, haven't been involved in BMW society for a while, though I met some enduring friends and had really fun times running around with the BMW CCA folks here. I miss them, but thought I'd be getting more involved with the Lotus crowd when I got my Elise, but so far have simply been too busy with other aspects of life... oh well, something to keep working towards.

And Bavarian Motorist, I did not account for compression, so that will have to be factored in there as well. I just needed a "raw" starting point to give the contractor an idea of what order of magnitude fix we're working with. He eyeballed the driveway and the car, says this happens all the time in SF, and the fix should be a piece of cake. Crossing fingers, I lifted all my contingencies.
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lol...i should've thought of that


and on a side note...are you on BMW Forums too??

Yeppers. Bimmerforums.com. I frequent the street racing section because it's mildly entertaining The site is chock full of teenagers, though.

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Yeppers. Bimmerforums.com. I frequent the street racing section because it's mildly entertaining The site is chock full of teenagers, though.
Oh god, I thought you were talking to me! Heh. Thanks again, all
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wow.... all that math....... if it scrapes, it won't work.

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Holy $hit... I was worried my angles were too steep.

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Yep, there's a drain at the seam where the driveway meets the garage; it's pretty standard around here.

Well, we tried more cars this afternoon, and the bimmer can't make it over the top lip, and neither can either of the real estate agents' cars (mini cooper, another bimmer). So it looks like this is something that we're going to have to negotiate to have fixed. Not what I wanted to deal with, but hey, it's not rocket science.
You must've really got a good deal on this house to be willing to do this kind of modification. I mean, all those cars can't make it either? What the hell did the person who lived there previously drive? I would've taken one look at that driveway and told my real estate agent, "Nope, next...".

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You must've really got a good deal on this house to be willing to do this kind of modification. I mean, all those cars can't make it either? What the hell did the person who lived there previously drive? I would've taken one look at that driveway and told my real estate agent, "Nope, next...".
yea seriously....the way your talking about your slope now i dont think my corolla would've even made it in..lol.
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You must've really got a good deal on this house to be willing to do this kind of modification. I mean, all those cars can't make it either? What the hell did the person who lived there previously drive? I would've taken one look at that driveway and told my real estate agent, "Nope, next...".
Yeah, it's a combination that I feel like the house is a good value, and that the SF housing market is still quite competitive. There are four offers behind me, so I want to make sure whether this is/isn't going to work before I bailed on it.

Also, it turns out the ratio of ground clearance to wheelbase in the bimmer is approximately the same as the Lotus. I have my doubts whether any even vaguely "sporty" car can make it down the driveway at this point. The seller has been driving an SUV and a truck, apparently, which can make it down the driveway no problem.
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Iím a builder donít buy the house. Elise or not you will hate living with that driveway.
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I think you are about 11 years late on your advice.
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Iím a builder donít buy the house. Elise or not you will hate living with that driveway.
If the OP bought the house when this thread started, he'd have more than 33% of a 30 year mortgage paid off by now. Probably would've been rid of the Elise by now, too!

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