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    Default Hard ride - 2011 Renault Megane Privilage

    Any body out there think that their Megane is a hard ride.

    We bought this car 6 months ago and love it EXCEPT for the bumpy ride it gives! Yes it has 17" wheels and the tyres fitted are 215/50ZR17 and the pressures are as requested in the manual 29psi Rear and 32psi Front.

    So is there an option to go to a smaller wheel size with a larger tyre so as to create a bigger bag in the tyre wall or am I stuck with this hard ride for the rest of my ownership ??

    I'm waiting for your suggestions!

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    Frankly I think all modern cars have a hard ride. The reason I think is that roads in Europe, Japan etc are generally so much better than our rough roads and so it is not an issue. Where as stiff suspension and low profile tyres improves fuel consumption as well as road holding. Our roads by comparison are badly patched, with pot holes, dips, and hollows even our major roads. The cars are not really designed for our very poor roads.

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    There might be something in that argument for German cars. They all seem to be bone shakers. But the current Citroen C4 hatch has gone the other way - it has a very soft riding conventionally sprung arrangement. People comment on it favourably, particularly if they have been in a Golf. The maker has accepted that it isn't a mountain pass sports car.

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    What brand/model of tyre?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistareno View Post
    What brand/model of tyre?
    Just a mix of 'Made in China" brands !

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    That may be the issue. The construction of the tyre can make a huge difference to ride. Mostly to the impact harshness over pot holes etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunroof View Post
    Frankly I think all modern cars have a hard ride. The reason I think is that roads in Europe, Japan etc are generally so much better than our rough roads and so it is not an issue. Where as stiff suspension and low profile tyres improves fuel consumption as well as road holding. Our roads by comparison are badly patched, with pot holes, dips, and hollows even our major roads. The cars are not really designed for our very poor roads.
    We've been here before on the forum I think. Our Scenic is fair in ride quality until I get into the Xantia (20 years old), which seems good until I get into the CX (35 years old). My worst recent ride of any brand was a new Peugeot 508. I reckon they had to simplify and cheapen so much since our 306 was made that ride went out the window. Then add low profile tyres for little benefit to the average driver..... So I fear you are stuck with it! The R8 is reasonable and even the 750 not too bad. By golly, that's it Phil, buy an old one not a new one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R8philSA View Post
    ....215/50ZR17 ......
    ZR rating is for 240+ kph.
    Tyre has design parameters of not self destructing first at that speed, comfort second.
    Stiff carcass.
    HR rating probably highest I would go.
    However, some brands are only available in that speed rating.
    Go and look at 55 series tyre or even 60, reducing width.
    This usually equates to a lower speed rating.
    However, whatever you do ditch the LING-LONGS first.

    Ask your tyre guy if you can road-test some second hand decent tyres.

    Then look at smaller wheels.

    Others will chip in with their recommendations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 85Fuego View Post
    Others will chip in with their recommendations.
    Undoubtedly they will..... I'm waiting with interest.
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    Thanks John. What a great excuse to buy another more comfortable riding R8

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    Thanks 85Fuego for your comments.
    I'll look into the 55/60series possibility after Christmas.
    I don't think I'll ever need 240kph tyres, I'm not intending to drive down mineshafts!!

    Cheers Phil

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