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      11-20-2011, 07:34 PM   #1
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M3 suspension too stiff for some streets?

I noticed that driving the M3 in some paving-stoned streets is just unbearable, the whole car shakes (along with the passengers) as if it would fall apart. Even driving slowly in D1/Power on normal/DCT to comfort won't make it better.

Is that normal for the model?
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      11-20-2011, 07:49 PM   #2
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In my opinion ride is firm but not unbearable even in sport. Don't know for how long you have had the car but may want to check if it still has the shipping blocks in place. Do a search about it in the forum.
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      11-20-2011, 07:51 PM   #3
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In my opinion ride is firm but not unbearable even in sport. Don't know for how long you have had the car but may want to check if it still has the shipping blocks in place. Do a search about it in the forum.
what are shipping blocks
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      11-20-2011, 07:51 PM   #4
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My street is bumpy as hell, so i always turn off the M button when i turn on my street, but its still no Camry soft ride (thank god).
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      11-20-2011, 07:52 PM   #5
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what are shipping blocks
They're white blocks over the suspension to prevent damage during transport. I don't think the drive on the M is all that bad.
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My car is not at all uncomfortable but that is somewhat subjective. Maybe you are just overly sensitive to a firmer suspension... maybe you still have the shipping blocks in? I don't think you can easily see them and would have to take the car to the dealer to check. IMO, the car is NOT overly firm and is actually fairly comfortable in "comfort" mode on the EDC.
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      11-20-2011, 09:12 PM   #7
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I noticed that driving the M3 in some paving-stoned streets is just unbearable, the whole car shakes (along with the passengers) as if it would fall apart.
Drive faster and skim over them
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      11-20-2011, 09:54 PM   #8
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The threads here are endless... Why did you buy an M3 in the first place? Did you test drive it before you bought it? Really, useless threads like this just pollute this forum...
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      11-20-2011, 09:56 PM   #9
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I find the ride to be quite good in comfort mode, and that's on a zcp equipped car fwiw. As someone said, maybe it's due to still having shipping blocks in there or anything this side of an old school Caddy or Buick is not for you.
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Post a side-view pic of your car from a distance where you can actually see the whole car, we should be able to determine if still have shipping blocks or not.. If it's the latter then BRO this car is not for you. Maybe you should take a pic of the road you're describing too.. Hmm..
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      11-20-2011, 11:52 PM   #11
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People are missing the most obvious and likely answer which is tire pressure. Especially if you just got the car many dealers forget to drop the PSI from 50 which is used to ship down to 35 on all 4 corners which is reccomend. Change psi to 35 first.

Second shipping blocks can be checked for and they are in the front. You simply have to crank your wheel all the way to one side so you can get a good look at your front suspension/strut. You can then look UNDER the rubber cover that the shipping blocks fit into. They will be white or white green
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Tires are key. The car is rough on bad streets. Just think about what kind of streets the car was designed on/for. The f-ing Autobahn. During European Delivery I realized this. A car optimized for stability and response at 140MPH regularly is going to make some sacrifices in comfort to a Camry or something designed for pedestrian speeds in the USA.

FYI If you switch to all seasons the NVH is GREATLY REDUCED.
But so is the grip and steering response in the dry
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buy a Camry, you'll have a smooth ride.....1 of the best.
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      11-21-2011, 06:12 AM   #14
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In my opinion ride is firm but not unbearable even in sport. Don't know for how long you have had the car but may want to check if it still has the shipping blocks in place. Do a search about it in the forum.
Agreed. If the ride is truly "unbearable" the shipping blocks might have been left in. Happened to me. Also, your front end will be sitting a little high by about and inch. There is no way to see the blocks from the outside. They are located INSIDE the rubber shroud of the front shocks. They can be popped out easily in a few seconds, however.
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comfort mode is still way stiffer than a sport package non-M 3 series
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      11-21-2011, 12:25 PM   #16
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Are you kidding me? If you are on a stock suspension and think the ride is stiff, then you may want to consider a different car. I think the stock ride while stiffer than others is way within a comfortable margin.
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Are you kidding me? If you are on a stock suspension and think the ride is stiff, then you may want to consider a different car. I think the stock ride while stiffer than others is way within a comfortable margin.
The M3 is pretty comfortable to me. I just changed over from a C63 which had a stiffer suspension. Didn't mind the C63 suspension either though.
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      11-21-2011, 01:41 PM   #18
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I noticed that driving the M3 in some paving-stoned streets is just unbearable, the whole car shakes (along with the passengers) as if it would fall apart. Even driving slowly in D1/Power on normal/DCT to comfort won't make it better.

Is that normal for the model?
The car was not designed for paving-stoned streets. /thread
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Are you kidding me? If you are on a stock suspension and think the ride is stiff, then you may want to consider a different car. I think the stock ride while stiffer than others is way within a comfortable margin.
I agree... the comfort setting is still sporty and firm but by no means rough or uncomfortable. It is actually surprisingly comfortable... unlike Richpuer's comments above, to me, it is very similar to a 335i with the sport suspension. One thing to remember, tire choice and tire pressure play a BIG role in ride comfort too. A set of PSS at 35PSI and it's like driving a Caddy... well, kind of.
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comfort mode is still way stiffer than a sport package non-M 3 series
I totally agree, alot has to do with the run-flats on the non-M cars.
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      11-21-2011, 06:40 PM   #21
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Ok took some pics and did measurements. Front fender clearance to ground is 27.48". Rear is 26.57". I can stick just about four fingers in the front fender gap. In the rear gap a bit over one finger.

Here go the pictures. Im bringing the car in for the 1,200 miles service next week.

Does it look like the shipping blocks are still in place?

BTW in the last pic, the rubber cover seems to be dettached from the structure above it. I checked the right wheel and its totally closed. Is that something I should worry about?







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      11-21-2011, 06:49 PM   #22
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I never had shipping blocks on my car, or seen it in person. But what I can tell you is that doesnt look right to me.

My car looks identical to yours, but my gap is maybe two fingers in the front, not four and looks much lower than your car.
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