Normal - they don't want toll roads so who pays for the maintenance ? And industry (apart from growing pigs and apples is a bit scare so local authorities are a bit strapped.....and you know how much better it is south of the Loire (a bit like south of the Thames.....ducks for cover) in Vendée ! Eibachs and HPs (w/out coilove) also has my vote as the best comfort/value for money plug-in 'kit'. However, having driven that and the same parts on mine WITH coilovers, from a spirited driver's point of view, one can push a lot faster in confidence AND more comfortable on the road with the full HP travel allowed. You get what yer pays for as ol' Action-Man Eagle one-eye pointed out and lowering w/out coilovers is a compromise whereas compromising your OEM strut platforms is a definitive as fitting ZG arches.