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I have a feeling the previous owner lowered the car albeit it being a CPO....and nobody picked it up least of all me.

I fit my hand between the distance from tire to fender in the front. Rear however, not a chance.

I'm going to get it up in the air this weekend and see what's going on. Shocks wouldn't effect that, springs might, but worn springs, that would be a stretch at extremely low mileage. Dealer claims shocks are fine, they don't appear frozen, but I'll check I suppose the oil wear.

Can someone give me the stock clearance from the top of the front wheel to the fender, but more importantly the distance from the wheel to fender on the rear.

Again, looking for dead stock heights.

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TBH I thought my car was lowered when I first looked at it. These sit pretty low for a stock GM performance vehicle. I was used to the huge fender gaps of my GTO, corvettes, Mustang etc. When I looked at the springs thru the wheel well I could see the yellow and white barcode assembly sticker from the factory so I know they are OEM. See if you can peek in there and get a glance of the springs. If its high gloss black, red or blue they are lowering springs. I find it hard to believe it passed a CPO inspection with lowering springs but anything is possible I suppose.

What's more likely, is the stock springs are sagging. You didn't say your mileage but any car leans back when you accelerate, more so when you press the pedal hard... which prolly happened a lot in this cars lifetime. My old GTO had sagging rear springs at 30K miles. I ended up lowering it anyway. My next GTO had less than 10K miles and every so slightly sagged in the back too. Dealer said the 10K car was within spec, and even if it wasn't I'm sure they would claim normal wear and tear later on.

Frozen shocks would impact the ride quality, but not ride height. The magnetic fluid does leak on these, and some leakage is acceptable believe it or not. There's a GM TSB floating around here somewhere on that.

If the springs are indeed stock, try to get the dealer to warranty them. If they are clueless try another dealer maybe. My car is at Cadillac getting a few things fixed under warranty. Dont get me wrong, I'm picky, but the service advisor assured me that Caddy is GMs premium brand, and the most V series are one off cars and they typically do a little extra to make sure your happy with your 100K super sedan. EVERY single piece of CF trim inside my car is peeling, one door trim even cut me. The suede steering wheel is peeling, and the seat belt retractor is grinding lol. Its not German build quality, but not a 140K car either with two turbos and a vanos system to keep my mechanics college fund stacked up either.
 

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Agreed, Thanks guys, car has 15k
 
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