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    My 4200 spins the wheels when reversing on my gravel drive. Ive tried using auto, and ice mode, and she still digs holes in it no matter how gently I prod the throttle.

    First gear also spins the wheels when gently accelerating, so I pull away in 2nd which is marginally better.

    Its normal 3/4" limestone gravel, level and not too deep, so nothing wrong with the drive.

    Any ideas?
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    Sounds like your throttle is too aggressive or the PIS point on the clutch needs adjustment.

    Try a throttle reset first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daglocks View Post
    My 4200 spins the wheels when reversing on my gravel drive. Ive tried using auto, and ice mode, and she still digs holes in it no matter how gently I prod the throttle.

    First gear also spins the wheels when gently accelerating, so I pull away in 2nd which is marginally better.

    Its normal 3/4" limestone gravel, level and not too deep, so nothing wrong with the drive.

    Any ideas?
    It's pretty normal I had the same.

    The initial bit of throttle will spin the wheels. You just need to keep your foot gently pressed on the throttle, the wheels will stop spinning and you will move fine.

    If you keep dabbing the throttle you will pepper whatever is behind you with stones!

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    Not had a problem with my 4200 or GranTurismo. You must have the wrong sort of gravel.
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    Triangulated gravel binds together better giving a more solid base than rounder gravel.

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    There are bigger thing's to worry about, I mean ffs...
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    Down here in New Zealand there is loads of gravel and I have never had an issue.
    Get someone to video your problem and post up.
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    Years ago I was invited by Porsche to the launch of the, then new, 993. It took place at Le Manoir Quat'Saisons - Raymond Blanc's place in Oxfordshire. The cars were lined up in a crescent shape in front of the house/hotel, while we guests dined on a fabulous Michelin starred lunch. Yum.

    Anyway, when we come out and saw the cars, I'm allocated the one in the middle, bang in front of the open double doors.

    Once I'm in, the instructor says "Sir, you are the first off, and everyone is watching. Whatever you do, don't stall it."

    Obviously I'm not used to the car, the peddles, the clutch bite point etc. Leaving me little choice but to dial in a few more revs than perhaps necessary.

    Net result? A lot of Cotswold gravel sharply shot into the hotel entrance and us leaving in a dramatic cloud of dust.

    So, to the OP, it's not just your car and your gravel. It happens.
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    I have deep gravel and the same problem. It seems odd that yours only does it reverse though. You can get concrete blocks that are mostly large holes to put just underneath the surface that should help. I've not tried this myself though.
    Other ideas I've had were to put nylon netting just under the surface or to put small piles of cement dust at regular intervals and water it down under the surface. All untried as yet. What you don't want to do is to markedly affect the permeability of the gravel.
    Steve.

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