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Old 02-01-2019, 04:23 PM
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X1 tight suspension

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I bought 3 months ago a 2013 X1 M packet with 62 K miles and I feel the suspension tight, can somebody tell me what could be the reason? Is it the shock absorbers, or maybe worn tires?
I would appreciate some information.
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Old 02-02-2019, 02:20 PM
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What do you mean by "tight" ? Do you mean stiff ? Do you mean that you feel every bump in the road ? Or ?
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Old 02-02-2019, 08:47 PM
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Yes . I feel every bump in the road.
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Old 02-03-2019, 07:34 AM
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Well, there are a few things going on here:
1) You bought an M-sport. It's not just a bunch of trim pieces; it has a tighter, lowered suspension.
2) If you have the 19" rims, there's much less sidewall to absorb some of the road imperfections. It'll handle better, but it'll be tighter and you'll feel the bumps.
3) You have runflat tires. On the bright side, you can drive them to the tire shop even with a nail in them or when fully deflated. The downside is that the sidewalls are much stiffer in order to support the weight of the vehicle when deflated. But that makes more of the bumps transfer into the suspension rather than be absorbed by the firewall.

None of these is really easy to address. After-market suspensions will decrease the value of the vehicle. Many people *want* the M-sport package. Non-runflats ie. conventional tires will help, but then you need to carry a spare tire in the trunk. It's doable; I do it on road trips, but it ties up room and it'll shift around at times.

If it really bugs you, sell the X1 and buy something else. Alas, it's really a core aspect of this vehicle that'll be tough to change.

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Old 02-03-2019, 09:38 AM
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Well, there are a few things going on here:
1) You bought an M-sport. It's not just a bunch of trim pieces; it has a tighter, lowered suspension.
2) If you have the 19" rims, there's much less sidewall to absorb some of the road imperfections. It'll handle better, but it'll be tighter and you'll feel the bumps.
3) You have runflat tires. On the bright side, you can drive them to the tire shop even with a nail in them or when fully deflated. The downside is that the sidewalls are much stiffer in order to support the weight of the vehicle when deflated. But that makes more of the bumps transfer into the suspension rather than be absorbed by the firewall.

None of these is really easy to address. After-market suspensions will decrease the value of the vehicle. Many people *want* the M-sport package. Non-runflats ie. conventional tires will help, but then you need to carry a spare tire in the trunk. It's doable; I do it on road trips, but it ties up room and it'll shift around at times.

If it really bugs you, sell the X1 and buy something else. Alas, it's really a core aspect of this vehicle that'll be tough to change.
Yeah, pretty much this. BMWs, in general, are stiff cars. That's part of what creates their superb handling.
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19 inch wheels plus runflat plus m sport setting equals stiff. If you wanted a soft ride you could have gone with non m sport. Howebp er I just ditched the runflat for pilot sport AS 3+ and the ride is much less harsh.
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Thatís just a BMW thing esp with the M pack and low profile run flats. The least you could do is get conventional tires. But of course you have to purchase a spare now. The ride will still be stiff but itíll improve. I work as a Toyota mechanic and I drive those AWD Sienna minivans all the time. They come with run-flats too, but with a higher sidewall than BMWs. And even with the higher sidewall and suspension set up for comfort the ride quality on those are dreadful. Most customers ditch the run flats after theyíre worn.

I drive a 3 series with the M package too running conventional tires and the ride for me is acceptable while maintaining that handling you get with a stiff suspension setup.


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Old 02-04-2019, 08:43 AM
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Thatís just a BMW thing esp with the M pack and low profile run flats. The least you could do is get conventional tires. But of course you have to purchase a spare now. The ride will still be stiff but itíll improve. I work as a Toyota mechanic and I drive those AWD Sienna minivans all the time. They come with run-flats too, but with a higher sidewall than BMWs. And even with the higher sidewall and suspension set up for comfort the ride quality on those are dreadful. Most customers ditch the run flats after theyíre worn.

I drive a 3 series with the M package too running conventional tires and the ride for me is acceptable while maintaining that handling you get with a stiff suspension setup.
This is totally off-topic (sorry OP), but aren't you guys supposed to get a little but of snow over the next few days ? Massive winter storm ?

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This is totally off-topic (sorry OP), but aren't you guys supposed to get a little but of snow over the next few days ? Massive winter storm ?





A little bit? Lol

There was a 5ft pile of snow when I opened my garage this morning. I didnít even know it was gonna snow.


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A little bit? Lol

There was a 5ft pile of snow when I opened my garage this morning. I didnít even know it was gonna snow.
You know, it was +9 last week in the Yukon..... ....... Just saying......
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You know, it was +9 last week in the Yukon..... ....... Just saying......


Whatís the average winter temperature in the Yukon?


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You just told me my 2014 x1 s28i M Sport will have great shock life, since I only have 26k miles so far.

Car feels firm, but not harsh even on the 225/45r18 Pirelli summer P7's run flats. also rears are 255/40r18 since staggered.

I went to non run flat Michelin PS4S 22540r18 and 255/35r18, and still not harsh.

Your tires might be 5 or 6 years old, and car came with all-season's to last 62k miles, but got hard.

Go to Tirerack.com and read all about tire tests, reviews, and see which ones you want for your climate and driving.

If you have 19 inch wheels it'll be harder to get lower profile tire like 45 series for softer ride.
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Your tires might be 5 or 6 years old, and car came with all-season's to last 62k miles, but got hard.

Go to Tirerack.com and read all about tire tests, reviews, and see which ones you want for your climate and driving.
+1 on this advice. Tires get old and they lose some of their resilience over time. This happened on my 2006 X3; I replaced the tires and it felt so much better! TireRack is the way to do it.
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Whatís the average winter temperature in the Yukon?
Historically, it's not uncommon to see 2 to 3 week stretches of -30 degrees and below. I remember in the early 2000s having a ~10 day stretch of -45 degrees.

These days, it's rare to see those temps anymore. Just about all of December was between -5 degrees and +5 degrees. January we had 4 days below -30, the rest hovered around the -10 degree range, and we had nearly a week of super warm weather (we got up to +9 one day). Right this second it's -16 degrees outside my office.

We're also getting winter later in the season. It used to be that on Halloween, kids would HAVE to wear full snowsuits to go around trick or treating. These days though it's normally much warmer, and some years we barely have any snow yet by then. I think this year we actually didn't have any permanent snow on the ground until late November.
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