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Old 11-30-2014, 05:48 AM   #1
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rides like a buckboard and vibrates like a Harley

2012 Titanium . Already changed front shocks from touring to standard. At least now front dash doesn't crack when hitting expansion joints. But still rides to hard noisy and lurchy. transmission is causing vibrations. Going for my second set of clutches. I have 17" Continentals tires. Are shocks or tires the culprit. I have a 04 ZTW and a 09 SE in family . This 2012 rides terrible compared to them.


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I'll try this in the MkIII section for more looks.

At least you aren't on the 18's, for even less sidewall.

Tire pressures at recommended is all I can offer, some service places pump 'em up TOO much.
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Old 11-30-2014, 11:11 AM   #3
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But that's how you get the 40mpg ;-) I keep mine at 40psi front 37/38psi rear.
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Old 11-30-2014, 11:27 AM   #4
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I think you bought the wrong brand of car. What you needed was a big old Cadillac. Or a Bentley? Full size Lincoln Town Car?
Something with a cushion ride. Like you would never even know you are driving down a road..
My ST lets me know what the road is feeling like. I feel every single irregularity. And that is what I paid to feel. If I wanted a ride like a pile of matresses.. I would have (personally) bought a Buick.

When I had to Focus Se, I too ran the tires up around 39psi rear, 44psi front. Good ride quality...
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Old 11-30-2014, 12:18 PM   #5
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The Ti has firmer suspension than the lower trim models and also offers an even firmer ride when equipped with the handling performance package with 18" wheels. I think the Ti handling and suspension is just about exactly how I'd want it, but things like this are a mater of taste and preference. Unless something is wrong with your car or the previous owner really hoon'd the car up it seems you may have chosen the wrong car.


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I believe base Ti is same suspension as others (SEL for '12, SE, S). Ti Handling and SE Sport package are the same (different springs to lower car-Ti Handling gives the 18's).

I have coilovers and 18's myself and the ride is much better than I expected. ONCE I slowed down to just barely above the speed limit. (Say 40 in a 35). Don't expect a Maybach to take a shit road like nothing at full speed, you'll feel it too.

As for transmission, can't comment much, mine does alright.
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I believe base Ti is same suspension as others (SEL for '12, SE, S). Ti Handling and SE Sport package are the same (different springs to lower car-Ti Handling gives the 18's).

I have coilovers and 18's myself and the ride is much better than I expected. ONCE I slowed down to just barely above the speed limit. (Say 40 in a 35). Don't expect a Maybach to take a shit road like nothing at full speed, you'll feel it too.

As for transmission, can't comment much, mine does alright.
No, the base Ti has a different handling package than the lower trim levels and there is the additional handling package that adds 18" wheels that is even firmer. The lower trim models have a softer suspension.

Now it's true you can modify the lower models as you see fit to make it pretty much however you wish it.


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2012 Titanium . Already changed front shocks from touring to standard. At least now front dash doesn't crack when hitting expansion joints. But still rides to hard noisy and lurchy. transmission is causing vibrations. Going for my second set of clutches. I have 17" Continentals tires. Are shocks or tires the culprit. I have a 04 ZTW and a 09 SE in family . This 2012 rides terrible compared to them.
Do the '04 and '09 handle better?
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Old 11-30-2014, 06:53 PM   #9
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I have a 2013 Titanium sedan with the 18's and a '95 Escort stock....prefer the Titanium for ride and quietness (found by raising the seat up more compensates for better ride).....some roads are noisy than others, some freeways with new asphalt, it rides like a Lincoln (quiet and smooth)....yes, I do feel bumps a little more but overall it doesn't rattle or squeak....stereo helps drown out road noise when applicable; Planning on insulating more in future especially near fender wells. Remember cheap tires will cause less comfort and ride. PS I do run tires at factory...39psi.
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:25 AM   #10
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I've aired the tires down to 32psi to reduce some impact harshness - for the record I have the stock 17" 215/50/17 cooper rs3-a tires on stock 201a suspension

I think the car actually rides pretty good but the noise insulation may not be that good. I had a rental GLK350 (taller car too) and it was super smooth in comparison and I'm sure the insulation (in doors, floors, firewall, etc.) make the difference.
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