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2021 Model S LR Rough Ride?

MrMrC

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Hey there, I just got my new Model S a few weeks ago. Really love the car but I have a question on the stiffness/roughness of the ride. I feel like I can feel a lot of the roads small imperfections through the suspension (little bit like a BMW or maybe a bit unrefined BMW). I have played around a bit with the suspension setting and no real change. I am running the standard 19 wheels with 42 PSI on all. Anybody has any comments if this is normal behavior or something I should ask Service to have a look at.

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C
 
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McQ14

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Hey there, I just got my new Model S a few weeks ago. Really love the car but I have a question on the stiffness/roughness of the ride. I feel like I can feel a lot of the roads small imperfections through the suspension (little bit like a BMW or maybe a bit unrefined BMW). I have played around a bit with the suspension setting and no real change. I am running the standard 19 wheels with 42 PSI on all. Anybody has any comments if this is normal behavior or something I should ask Service to have a look at.

Regards

C
My impression is that it's a little bit on the rougher side, so I set the suspension to Comfort and it is better, but still not even as smooth as my wife's 2021 Toyota Rav 4 Hybrid. For a luxury sedan, I'd expect a more luxe ride. I have the 19" Continental Procontact RX M+S wheels and tires. I'm ok with it, coming from a Model 3 to the S. But I can understand why some people will have issues with the ride feel.
 
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Hey there, I just got my new Model S a few weeks ago. Really love the car but I have a question on the stiffness/roughness of the ride. I feel like I can feel a lot of the roads small imperfections through the suspension (little bit like a BMW or maybe a bit unrefined BMW). I have played around a bit with the suspension setting and no real change. I am running the standard 19 wheels with 42 PSI on all. Anybody has any comments if this is normal behavior or something I should ask Service to have a look at.

Regards

C
I have always run my tires lower than Tesla recommends. It makes a huge difference in road noise and feeling every tiny road defect. I usually play with the tire pressure until I find the sweet spot between noise and low pressure alerts. I also use a tread depth gauge and have not seen uneven wear.
 
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David29

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Hmm, this seems contrary to my impressions from other early reports indicating that the refreshed Model S was more forgiving than earlier Model S versions, and especially compared to cars with steel coils. Curious what the Op is comparing the ride to -- any other Tesla Model S experience? Or just other brands?
 

MrMrC

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I am comparing to other brands Audi mainly. I think my main concern is not the stiffness but that I feel alot of the "micro imperfections" in the road (its not "bad" at all, just not what I expected from a suspension of a car at this price level). I am thinking maybe lower PSI might work. The specs are calling for 42PSI, any thoughts from anybody on the forum on how far to lower it or has anybody experimented with it?
 
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