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C220 Cdi w203 how to soften suspension?

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering & Brakes' started by peternutkins, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. peternutkins

    peternutkins Senior Member

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    For many years I drove Citroen hydropnumatic cars and went from there to Peugeot 406's all of which had a comfortable ride. My c220 crashes and bangs over potholes and you seem to be able to feel every irregularity on the the road.

    I have changed the 16 inch wheels to 15s which has improved it a somewhat, but it still feels hard.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks

    Peter
     
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    Blobcat Moderator

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    Drop the tyre pressures slightly
     
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    Which spec is it?
    Avantgarde will be harder riding than Elegance. If it's Avantgarde it can be changed to Elegance relatively easily and may just involve spring pads and/or springs.
    Generally MB ride is pretty good though not a patch on the Citroen oleo pneumatic system. If you want an MB to match that you need an S class or CL.
     
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    Or a Citroen :rolleyes::(
     
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    Sadly they don't make hydropnumatic Citroens any more and certainly not at a price I can afford. My 220 is the base model and I agree about letting the tyres down, I inadvertently went out in it the other day with only about 10 psi in the front o/s tyre and the ride was superb - unfortunately I don't think the tyres would last long like that.

    Unfortunately they don't make the 'S' class or 'CL' in estate version and I need one of those.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    Peter
     
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    There's no need for that!!! :shock:
     
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    An E class estate with airmatic is pretty squishy and comfortable.
     
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    The older 210 estate is oleo pneumatic in the rear....
     

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