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Post Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:45 pm
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Hello , as a new 200 owner13,000 miles i find the suspension very hard, is it worth investing in bilsteins
or other shock absorber brands? the top bushes are knocking part 5038-F7 , I will investigate at my local john gross
dealer.


Post Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:03 am
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The top bushes are subject to a "notice" from Peugeot UK, they will be replaced FOC if you take it to a dealer. The notice apparently stops short of a recall, so nobody will bother telling you, unless you actually report the problem.

I had exactly the same issue, and found out the above when I took it in to ask them to investigate.
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Post Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:07 am
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As for the hard suspension, I think there is a reason for that. I haven't heard of anyone making theirs softer.
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Post Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:21 am
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Sorry for resurrecting an old thread but has anyone successfully softened the suspension on their RCZ?

I test drove one for 24 hours and found the ride to be too firm to buy.

I currently have a 407 coupe for 5 years and had 406 coupes (x2) for 6 years previously and really want an RCZ!

I know the RCZ is not the same type of car as a 406/407 coupe but just hoping someone out there might have come up with a solution.

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Post Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:40 am
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Welcome to the forum! :wave:

Don't want to put you off buying an RCZ but the suspension is firm for a reason - it's a sports coupe after all not a boring family saloon - so if it's a problem then maybe it's not the car for you.

You could always sit on a plump cushion I suppose... ;)

Post Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:44 am
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Cheers for the reply. I completely understand that it's not the same type of car as my 407 coupe so I'm not expecting it to be as comfortable.

I was merely just wondering if anyone had gone down the route of "softening" it. It's probably not the case but no harm in asking :-)

Post Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:57 am
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Which model did you test drive by the way?

The Sport version with 18" wheels is the softest ride.

Post Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:01 pm
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I must admit I don't know. I must go back to the garage and have a look at the wheels and spec and see what it was.

Ridiculous as I'm only 31 that I need a comfy car but such is life!

Post Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:24 pm
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Softer tyres and correct pressure will give a acceptable result. Just keep in mind that after few miles, when warm the pressure will increae in about 3psi.

Post Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:34 pm
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There was someone who put progressive springs on, which they said improved the ride from their previous standard setup.

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Post Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:14 pm
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I love my RCZ, but must admit having had two fairly "hard" cars recently, when I get to drive my Dad's Citroen C4 GP I enjoy the comfort :)
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Post Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:57 pm
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Totally opposite for me' I have recently had to drive my Brothers BMW 420D and it’s like driving an armchair in a boat. I had no confidence in cornering as the feel from the road just wasn’t there. I have no doubt the BMW would go where it was pointed, but I have become used to the more “dynamic” driving feel from the RCZ, and definitely prefer it as a total driving experience.
The speed bumps did feel much better in the Beamer though :eusa-whistle:
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Post Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:06 pm
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Yes DKZ is right the rcz is what it is and wouldn't be such a drivers car if it were any softer to be honest you get used to driving round the pot holes :lol: and My RCZ feels quite plush compared to my wife's Mini Cooper S now that is a hard ride!
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Post Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:22 pm
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Hi , agents sorted my suspension noises , they did it free under warranty , car is perfect , correct tyre pressures very important, i really like my car .

Post Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:43 pm
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I fitted some lowering springs to our RCZ some six or seven weeks ago, the main thing that attracted me to the idea was a post on the Facebook RCZ page from another RCZ-er who said that the ride quality was much improved. These lowering springs are often described as being `progressive ‘with wider spaced coils as well as tighter spaces, the idea being that there is greater initial flexibility in them (softer). I went for a brand called Pi as they were the at the budget end, and if they didn`t work it would be no great loss. Definitely soften up the ride, took me around 4 and a half hours to do all four, and the only specialist kit was a spring compressor, had the steering geometry checked afterwards, as the drop will alter it.
An earlier mod was to change the 19" for 18" wheels which was a help, and as an earlier poster said, do check your tyre pressures (when cold)

Post Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:22 am
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What also helps is to switch to other tyre brand. The differences are huge. A lot of older RCZ still roll on Conti tyres. Those are very harsh when it comes to rolling comfort.
Switch to GoodYear or the newest Michelin PS4S and the RCZ is like transformed and more comfortable without loosing anything of its precision.
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Post Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:43 pm
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Word of warning for Goodyear tyres, they only fit the RCZ-R.
RCZ-R uses 92 load tyres, all other RCZ's use 96 load tyres!!

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Post Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:00 pm
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The Michelin PS4S are excellent. They are the best tyres I’ve had on the Z so far.
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