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Old 11-02-2012, 06:38 PM   #1
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Hard Suspension/Normally Rough Ride?

I've only had my car for less than 2 months but it seems the M3 has a rough ride. I feel like when it hits a bump, big or small, it seems to just send it straight to the chassis. I've only driven one non-M E46 and it is significantly much better drive. There's no clanging noises when I hit bumps and it's able to take the rough roads so I assume there's nothing wrong with the car. With a few glances everything looks to be good. Is the E46 M3 normally just a rough ride. I use it for daily driving.
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:51 PM   #2
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I've heard that the m3 is a rougher/stiffer ride then many cars, but dont' know how it compares to a normal e46. How many miles on the car? Original suspension components? My ride is pretty bad in a 325 right now, and I'm about to change out the suspension to refresh the ride. Your m3 may need the same care.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:07 PM   #3
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I've heard that the m3 is a rougher/stiffer ride then many cars, but dont' know how it compares to a normal e46. How many miles on the car? Original suspension components? My ride is pretty bad in a 325 right now, and I'm about to change out the suspension to refresh the ride. Your m3 may need the same care.
car has 68,XXX miles. suspension looks good though. I just want to know if it's normally a stiffer ride before I decide to start replacing things such as bushings and suspension
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:54 PM   #4
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It is normally stiffer, I would check the bushings for play and for cracks though. Replace them in need be. A quick strut test is to unbolt the bottom of it and push up, it should feel smooth but hard. Make sure you don't have a load on the suspension, or it will be a pain and potentially dangerous.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:59 PM   #5
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At that mileage, most of the suspension is due to be replaced if it hasn't already. The loss of ride quality will be far more noticeable than the loss of handling as the dampers age and fail. That said, don't expect even a fresh M3 suspension to be as supple as a non-M. It's not supposed to be.
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