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Re: Too bumpy!

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Good advice there, and good advice for any car, let alone a Fiat500.

We recently sold our six year old 500, and although we didn't have to spend money on it, we knew that we would be forced to in the next few years. Fair wear and tear items like tyres and brakes are a normal stuff, but shocks and suspension wear out too eventually.

Keep it and put up with it, or sell it for a newer one.

By the way, OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.

Good luck,
Mick.

Thanks Mick, I love it so will probably put up and shut up
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I have a 9-year-old 500 1.4 Sport which I've owned for years and yes, the ride is harsh and crashy - and always has been! Having said that, the unsophisticated ride certainly isn't bad enough to cause skeletal jarring to my ageing frame and I wonder whether replacing the rear shock absorbers and tyres might improve things with your car. Mine has 15" wheels (which I think was the standard wheel size on all the early Sport models so yours probably has these too), all of which are fitted with Michelin Energy Saver+ tyres that still have around 5 mm of tread. I rate these tyres for comfort, road noise and low wear rate and recommend them. At 5 years old I replaced the original rear shock absorbers with Bilstein B4s and these definitely improved things at the back, reducing the crashiness of the ride and the tendency to 'skip out' when driving around some corners.

The crude suspension set-up is certainly one of the downsides to the early 500s. In other respects I've been very happy with my 9-year-old. It's been superbly reliable so far and great fun to drive!

Yes, I do have run driving it! And it can certainly move Thanks for the tips on tyres and rear shocks, I think I will probably invest in those. Many thanks
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Plenty of good advice above. MarginWalker makes a good point concerning tyres. If it is needing new ones, the Michelins he suggests sound good. A possible better alternative are Michelin Cross Climates, which soften the ride more and are quiet, as well as giving good grip in cold/icy/snowy conditions. If it's got 16" inch wheels with 45 profile tyres though, I don't think they are available in that size.
Whichever tyres are fitted, for the best ride inflate them to the minimum recommended cold pressure.

Thanks very much, I shall look into those tyres too. Much appreciated.
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But be careful. Quite often the XL (Extra Load) versions are offered cheaper than the regulars. Don't take the XL versions if your goal is to make the ride more comfortable.
Noted. Thank you very much.
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