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Old 03-25-2014, 06:50 PM
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Rough Ride and Road Rash

I need some help...for you all to tell me to keep my car (and not trade it in on a Fusion or Taurus SHO). I love the car...first BMW, first real sports car, first car with a lot of "extras". But, it is a rough ride. Grant it, the roads here are destroyed from the winter. To make this short, I can physically handle the roughness (though I've chattered my teeth a few times) but I feel like I'm destroying the car. In addition, after only 3 months of driving 43 miles one way to work, mostly interstate, I already have a small amount of "road rash" (very minor paint chips) on the front of the hood. I did buy a clear film kit to cover the front bumper and hood, but not sure how that will look and I'm suppose to fix all dings first or it says it will look bad. I plan to get rid of the run flats soon.

Anyhow, I want to keep the car, but I don't want to destroy it.
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:59 PM
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What wheels/tires are you running. My 17" wheels ride much softer than my 18's even with both having RFT's

But the roads are half your problem. I drove my truck the other day on the same roads I drive every day in the BMw and was shocked that the truck was smoother.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:22 PM
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Run flats give me the stutttter! Changed to nonrft, what a difference.
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:29 AM
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I have 18" run flats. I'll get new tires next month...no run flats for sure. Currently, both of my front rims are bent, the latest one causes a vibration when I drive.
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:10 AM
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The clear bra will become slightly visible after a couple of years. You'll see a line across the hood
Non-rft may help some but not much. Your issue is tire size and the sport suspension. Smaller wheel with taller tires will be your best bet.
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:49 AM
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I'm afraid you have the wrong car for that location. The BMWs with sport suspension need smooth roads. In South Florida the Hwys are in pretty good shape but when you get into the older neighborhoods (which I do when traffic gets bad), it can be a rough ride.

The 17" rims with standard non-rfts will help but these cars are stiff to begin with. That is what makes it sporty so you can "feel" the road. Sounds like you may not want to "feel" your roads that much.

Tough decision.
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