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Old 09-01-2017, 10:16 PM   #1
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2008 B180 CDI Sport

I have just purchased a 75k mile 2008 B180 CDI CVT Sport and really like the car - except for the ride quality. My wife drives a Smart ForTwo and I'm hard pushed to decide which one has the better quality of ride over less than perfect roads.

I'm up for some updates/mods and I have read that the ride of the B isn't the best in the world - but wonder if anyone has updated their suspension and has any good recommendations for better shocks or whether specific bushes need attention?

Any advice or suggestions?
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Old 10-01-2017, 05:50 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I have a 2007 B180 Cdi sport and yes the suspension is a bit harsh. We've had the car now for about 6 years and we have gotten used to the suspension and it certainly corners well. I have considered dropping to 16"wheels for the 17's which are on there to give a bit more tyre suspension, but not really sure if it will help. I have not ridden in a non sport variant so can't tell if it can be improved with a different suspension set up.
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Old 13-01-2017, 01:45 PM   #3
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Thanks Geoff

Could you do me a favour when you get a spare 5 minutes and measure the height from the ground to the front wheel arch - I want to see if someone has lowered the car at some point.
When I try the bounce test I can only move the car by maybe a cm or 2 at most - it's rock hard. I also scrape the underneath when going over the sleeping policemen at the local car park - they are higher than most but I seem to be lower than most too

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Thanks Geoff

Could you do me a favour when you get a spare 5 minutes and measure the height from the ground to the front wheel arch - I want to see if someone has lowered the car at some point.
When I try the bounce test I can only move the car by maybe a cm or 2 at most - it's rock hard. I also scrape the underneath when going over the sleeping policemen at the local car park - they are higher than most but I seem to be lower than most too

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Ground to centre wheel arch is about 65cm, and yes, the bottom scrapes over most speed bumps so sounds about right.
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Old 13-01-2017, 09:07 PM   #5
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Thanks Geoff!!

Much appreciated and will check mine in the morning.

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