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Old 02 Jul 2008, 03:16 pm
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Default 2006 Honda Civic EX Coupe - harsh ride!!!?

I understand that with the exception of the Corolla, this segment of cars that the Civic belongs to generally have a noticeably harsher ride than other cars. I really like almost everything about my Civic but something needs to be done about the ride quality. If I can soften the ride, I can see keeping this car for years.I'm quite certain that there is nothing technically wrong with the car, it's just that I don't like the harsh ride design. So I'm willing to pay for some aftermarket components that will soften up the ride (even at the expense of road holding because I don't drive that crazy).But I know nothing of suspensions. Strictly in terms of softening the ride, would new shocks all around do the trick? Or am I looking at struts? And if so, what about the rear end which (I believe) doesn't use struts? Or is there something else? I don't want to spend more than I have to, but I also don't want to drive away from the mechanic thinking "this is what I spent my money on!!??.Help
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Old 02 Jul 2008, 03:31 pm
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most of us buy cars for the way they handle and ride. If you didn't test drive the car and feel the way it handles, then it's your fault for not noticing. If you bought it with a test drive and noticed the feel, why did you buy it if you didn't like the feel ??? If you wanted a car that floated, you should have bought a bigger, American car. (they all float). Instead you bought a small car that handles well and has great gas mileage, so you complain about the 'feel'...take it to a custom shop and ask them what to do. Frankly I'd laugh at you...
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Old 02 Jul 2008, 03:46 pm
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The only way you are going to partially soften it up is to buy the springs and shocks from the base model or LX model - they may have a softer suspension setup. I am sure you can find someone that would trade you even up.Better yet, just trade in your civic for an LX.
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