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Old 09-27-2018, 10:27 PM
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Hi guys, I just recently acquired a 2009 w204 and I noticed that the suspension is really bad. I have a w124 and despite it running well over 250,000kms the ride is great- way better than the C class.
A small pothole will bring the driver bouncing and after crossing a speed bump, the car wobbles bad. Is this normal for w204 as I heard that the ride really makes you "Feel the road"? Or are there parts that I really have to inspect and take into account?

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Old 09-28-2018, 10:31 AM
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Hi guys, I just recently acquired a 2009 w204 and I noticed that the suspension is really bad. I have a w124 and despite it running well over 250,000kms the ride is great- way better than the C class.
A small pothole will bring the driver bouncing and after crossing a speed bump, the car wobbles bad. Is this normal for w204 as I heard that the ride really makes you "Feel the road"? Or are there parts that I really have to inspect and take into account?

Substantial replies will highly be appreciated.

Thanks guys!
Because this is a very subjective item, I don't know how any of us can help you. The W204 ride is firm, as has been noted by several car reviewers. 7 years into owning the car, I've made the decision that my next car will be one with an air ride.

That said, is it far too firm? No, just...it's too firm for me. I don't know how to tell you if there is or is not a problem with your car though.

Maybe take out another one at a used car dealership for a test drive?
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Old 09-28-2018, 11:37 AM
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My 2011 is a bit firmer than my other three Japanese cars It is very comfortable, stable. I wish all my other cars have the same suspension as the C.
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Hi guys, I just recently acquired a 2009 w204 and I noticed that the suspension is really bad. I have a w124 and despite it running well over 250,000kms the ride is great- way better than the C class.
A small pothole will bring the driver bouncing and after crossing a speed bump, the car wobbles bad. Is this normal for w204 as I heard that the ride really makes you "Feel the road"? Or are there parts that I really have to inspect and take into account?

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Thanks guys!
What's the mileage on the car? Any service records? Maybe it needs new shock absorbers or other suspension parts (link, struts, arms)?
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New dampers for sure , they don't have to leak to lose their ability as the miles rack up .
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Thank you, all for the replies!

I'll definitely bring these up to my mechanic once I'm able to see him.

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im amazed by the quick responses, appreciate it!
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What's the mileage on the car? Any service records? Maybe it needs new shock absorbers or other suspension parts (link, struts, arms)?
its on 70,000km I should really check out for those. Thanks!
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My 2011 is a bit firmer than my other three Japanese cars It is very comfortable, stable. I wish all my other cars have the same suspension as the C.
This gives me hope and excitement for the better ride of my C. Thanks for the benchmark!
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Congratulations!

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Hi guys, I just recently acquired a 2009 w204....

Congrats, good choice!

Got my W204 since September 2017 and covered 38.500 km (24.000 miles) so far.

Im more than happy and I frigging love that car!
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