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Old 06-27-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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I have the 2013 sport limited with 17" wheels. I have a question regarding the suspension. Most roads in NY/NJ are horrible. After driving the new car for 12000 miles. I found the ride is very harsh, I can feel every single unevenness of the road. I know it's not the tires or wheel not balanced. because the car is smooth at newly paved road. But once I get into the regular roads. I feel can feel everything and a lot of body rolls when passes by a bumper or such. I also tried to have the tires at prefect pressure, that didn't help much. Does that have to do with the suspension? or have to do with the skinny tires. Should I bring it to the dealer for a check?
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:47 PM   #2
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the travel in the suspension isnt like a luxury car? i have the same model. smooth, then feel the rough when it's there...i think it's because what we paid...could have gone with an audi for ALOT more, lol

i would still purchase this car again
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:57 AM   #3
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Every review Ive read seem to compliment the suspension, some saying it rivals a luxury suspension. While I don't agree exactly with that, Im not complaining about it.

I think the fact that you can hear the road/wind noise makes it seem worse. Better tires may help reduce noise.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:23 AM   #4
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Every review Ive read seem to compliment the suspension, some saying it rivals a luxury suspension.
Agreed. For this class of car, the Impreza has a very nice blend of ride and handling.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:26 AM   #5
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Should I bring it to the dealer for a check?
Couldn't hurt. Maybe there's something the dealership didn't do properly during their dealer prep process.

I know that VWs ship with suspension blocks or something in the struts, and if the dealer forgets to remove them before the car is sold, the customer ends up with a bad ride. I don't know if Subaru ships cars with something similar.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:30 AM   #6
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I guess it depends on what you're used to. If you're coming from a Lexus, this car will probably feel a little rough.

I understand that the 17" wheels give a bit of a harsher ride, because there's not as much sidewall on the tires to help absorb bumps.

Anyway, I've gotta agree with the other posters here. I have not found the ride to be inappropriately or uncomfortably rough.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:38 AM   #7
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Thanks all. My old car was a 99 Camry with the 14" "fat" tires, it smooths the bumpers much better than the Impreza. Maybe I should pay a visit to the dealer. But I hate going to them, such a pain in the ass.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:57 AM   #8
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You could try to dampen it by putting any type of rubber gasket between the suspension points and the body. Even a thin layer might pay dividends. Then again its alot of trouble for possibly no difference.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:16 AM   #9
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You could try to dampen it by putting any type of rubber gasket between the suspension points and the body. Even a thin layer might pay dividends. Then again its alot of trouble for possibly no difference.
I can't agree with this suggestion. Not only because it likely won't improve things (if it did, I'm guessing Subaru would have done this for us themselves), but mainly because I don't like the idea of changing the geometry of the suspension without knowing what you're doing, and most of us don't (myself included).
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:55 AM   #10
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The suspension is what it is.
Imo its the best part of the car and one of its redeeming qualities.
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:39 PM   #11
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Maybe its your 17in wheels?

We have 16s and originally chose the Impreza over a 3 because it rode more like the 6 we traded. 14 months I still rate its ride excellent for its class over the atrocious things we call Country roads.

What I do find a bit odd is the tires seem to work best at their recommended 36psi.
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:42 AM   #12
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You could try to goto a dealer and test drive the exact same model as yours, then you know if there's something wrong with your car. Then try to test drive a base model (is the US base model like in Canada and only comes with 15" tires?). Then you can tell the difference in ride with tire sizes.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:21 AM   #13
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It's the 17 inch wheels with low profile tires. I have driven both and the 16 inch wheel version rides much better.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:27 AM   #14
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It's the 17 inch wheels with low profile tires. I have driven both and the 16 inch wheel version rides much better.
I agree. The extra sidewall cushions the road imperfections. Low profile tires are stiff and dont flex when u hit bumps.
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:36 AM   #15
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You can easily find used, older 16" WRX wheels on Craigslist. That's what I have my snow tires mounted onto.
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:09 PM   #16
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I also feel that the ride can be a bit harsh at times. The car doesn't seem to handle rough surfaces all that great IMO. Maybe I'll see a big difference when I minus size to 15 inch rims/tires this winter.
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