pc500 wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:35 pm
The leaf in general is a very smooth riding car. The suspension and ride quality is quite a bit better than a Prius but won't win against an Avalon.
One shortcoming is the suspension range (on deep bumps or potholes) is not as refined as it could be, once you exceed a certain amount of travel.
I would compare it to a new leaf to see if it's worthwhile, but generally we don't see suspensions failing even in some rough northern city environments.
I have to respectfully disagree with your comments about Leaf vs. Prius or Avalon. I own all three, and based on my experience, and where we drive on a daily basis, the Leaf is quite a bit worse than our Gen IV Prii and our Avalon. In fact, it's because of the direct comparison of all the vehicles that I'm reminded how rough/choppy the Leaf is.
I don't think anything has failed, I'm simply wondering if freshening the suspension would return any significant improvement. I'm now thinking it wouldn't improve at all.
I think we're just cursed that the space between the road issues here aren't suited to the wheelbase/weight/strut valving/spring rates of the 2015 Leaf. I'm reminded of my days on the Chesapeake Bay, with unpredictable wavelengths (distance peak to peak) and the chop would be unbearable one day, and even larger waves the next would be perfectly manageable.