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    Default Corolla and its rough ride!

    My Pakistan assembled '06 Toyota Corolla has a very rough ride in comparison with say Honda Civic or other imported cars. It is also noticeably higher than other cars. Others have noticed the same with Corollas.

    Is that because of the suspension? Some say it has been kept so for rural roads.

    My question is, what can be done to fix the problem and make the ride more comfortable. I decreased the tire pressure but it helped only little. Do I need to replace the shocks, springs, etc? any other solution.

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    Hello!
    thats why i prefer NISSAN .....
    all in one...Comfortable,Powerful,Performance ride and the best of them....STRONGER than any ......
    b/w there's huge difference b/w JDM and Local Corolla...
    just drive Corolla X once...u can feel the difference...!!
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    thats why i prefer NISSAN .....
    all in one...Comfortable,Powerful,Performance ride and the best of them....STRONGER than any ......
    I am sure you are right. But the problem is that Nissan, Mitsubishi, etc don't have the same resale value that Toyota or even Honda has. Also parts must be a problem.
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    @sinbad
    in the end resale and a superior engine are attributes of corolla, if u want anything else, u have to buy some other car. no point in altering things.
    Keep a cool head and wear seatbelts!

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    Its rear suspension is old school. Saving money wherever possible. There has always been compromises in corolla.

    Suspension is stiff and rear is not independent to make it handle well and feel like a big car.

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    Yet another thread on Rollas
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    OK, so I did a few things today.

    -Set tire pressure at 28 psi.

    -Got 1 1/2 inch bottom and 1 inch back foam pads under the car seat cover.

    -I also checked with a suspension guy. He said that the front shockers are really very hard. He said that for the past two years Corollas are coming with hard shockers designed for rural roads. He suggested I replace them with Japanese shockers that the Japan made Corollas have.

    I wonder if shocks are covered under warrantey and if the company would replace them (for free) as anyone could press on the hood and see how hard the suspension is.

    I plan the check with some more suspension shops just to see what they say. At this point, however, I have no plan to spend thousands and replace the original shocks.

    Lets see what happens next.
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    changing of shocks is recommended by toyota experts on PW as well
    Keep a cool head and wear seatbelts!

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    changing of shocks is recommended by toyota experts on PW as well
    Are you serious? If so, what type do the experts recommend. Any previous discussion on this issue?
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    there was a forum named "facts about road grip......"
    do search with these words. u might hit a jackpot
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    i think chnaging the suspension altogether wont be a god idea.......car should remain original..........tyres should be changed..........and nothingh else...

    btw.......even if nothingh is changed,,,after sometimes..u get use to its verticle swings....like me.... :d
    nothingh last forever,,even cold november rain.

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    Asalam alakum all
    one of my uncle in toyota multan motors told me that indus motors has put harder shocks in crolla for rural area. thats due to pakistani's behaviour.

    with 6-10 persons riding in the crolla 2.0D at the same time in rural areas crossing 80km/h on rough roads and then saying "yar abhi to 6 month hoay hain aur shocks leak ho gaye fazool gari hai....and so on "

    thats why you feel a great difference between indus motors crolla and JDM crolla.
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    Well..thats true that civic is much more comfortable....
    Even if u copmare its engin wid the engins of any other cars u ill find that life of honda engins is too longer then anyother car...mean in pak.
    It's a never ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself.

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    If you dont wanna go or something limits you to do a suspension swap, go for lightweight rims with a little High profile tyres.

    The speedo reading will go corrupt but it can be synchronized by Indus Motors. I got mine done from Toyota Rawalpindi. The Higher travel in case of bumps [due to higher profile tyres] will decrease the hardness of the drive.
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    Update:

    Took the car to one of the most famous suspenshion shops in Karachi. They said the suspension is very hard. Said they can fix the problem for Rs. 1500. It will take one hour. I asked them what will they do? He said its a "secret" that he cannot disclose!

    It sounded very fishy to me.

    So I took the car to the company once again. They checked it and said it felt just like other Corollas to them. Said they will however, lounch a camplain to Indus Motors and get back with me in a couple of days. Indus Motors will probably send someone to check the car.

    When I told them what the suspenshion shop guy had said. He said what these people do is make a hole in the shock and fill it with oil or something. They than weld the hole. The suspension gets soft, but the risk is that welding (tanka) can give in and distroy everything.
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    @Sinbad99
    Change your tyres to 195/65 R15 (Italian Alloys) with Yokohama C-Drive.Solves the problem by 35% but if still interested in more drive comfort then replace all shocks to Japanese original ones(soft Type)
    Shock Type General Difference:-
    Hard Shocks:- Mild bumpy drive.Excellent for rural usage with good ground clearance.Longer life than soft shocks(Almost 10000 - 15000km)
    Soft Shocks:- Excellent drive in urban usage but has issues of clearance and shocks hitting stoppers in rural areas.Life span is shorter and in event of sudden hard shock to the shocks leads to its leakage if used over 20000km.

    Wehicles Specification according to model:-
    Civic 97-2001:- McPherson Strut Suspension - soft shocks
    Civic 2002-2006(July):- McPherson Strut Suspension modified - soft shocks(New)
    Corolla 1996-2001:- McPherson Strut Suspension - Hard shocks
    Corolla 2002-2006:- Independent Suspension (Leading Arm Macpherson Strut Coil Spring ETA Torsion Beam) - Hard shocks
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    Here is the link

    https://www.pakwheels.com/forumreply_az_TopicID!10244~ForumID!1~pw.html

    I hope u wil be able to extract some usefull information from it after disregarding all the criticism on Corolla
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    Wehicles Specification according to model:-
    Civic 97-2001:- McPherson Strut Suspension - soft shocks

    @ shaan

    I did visit a few auto parts shops at Plaza today. The prices were as follows:

    -KYB (Japan) 2 front shocks Rs 7000
    -Malaysian 2 front shocks Rs 3500

    (Coil Spring not included).

    I compaired the KYB shocks with Pakistan assembled Toyota shocks that the shop had and KYB did feel softer.

    Someone said that even the Japan brands are not actually Japan made. So I dont know if so called KYB Japan is actually Japan made?

    I think it would be worth spending 3500 + 250 (instalation). But I am waiting for a reply from Indus Motors. I do feel they should fix the problem (for us urban dwellers!)
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    @ spectra

    Thanks for the link bro.
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    someone here has mentioned that the suspension of corolla is not independeent

    is this true,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,if yes ,,,,,,,,then its a pitty,,,,,,,,

    i think corolla ppl shud be taken to court for this ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,not giving independent suspension in a car worth 10 lakh
    ammar

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    UPDATE:

    I switched the tires of my Civic (Good Year 195/60 R 14) with the originals (General 175/70 R 14) and the ride got 75% better.

    My conclusion: The suspension is hard in Corolla but TIRES are a major factor in its rough ride.

    I plan to get 195/65 R 14 or 195/70 R 14 (Toyo-Japan) tires soon. But I am not sure which size will do better. On one hand 195/65 R 14 will be approx. the same size tire as the originals, on the other hand 195/70 R 14 will be a bigger size tire wich may help with the CNG I plan to install. In any case I would prefer the size wich gives me a smooth and comfortable ride.
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