Did you measure with the carpet removed? I also have 2000 and came up with a measurement of 39-3/16".
Mike maybe you can comment on strut tower spacing and the different numbers you have seen. This post has me a little concerned, even after triple checking I think I might do it again.
Is the range really this wide spread?
2000 Tropic Green SVT Contour #455 of 2150
Born Date: Nov. 19, 1999
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