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Nearly a week ago, I asked the question, is there any way I can "soften" the ride in my new 2009 Volvo S40? Different tires, ???? I love the car and the size, but it has a very stiff ride, especially over all the "repaired" pot holes. I would appreciate hearing from you. Thank you. Jane

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Patty Streeter,  at Jane, We sent you this answer on August 2, 2009 it is also posted here:,%20%20%20%20%20I%20just%20leased%20a%202009%20Volvo%20S40%20...&cat=Car%20Care A different set of tires might make driving on rough roads a little less bumpy, but keep in mind that buying new tires won't make the problem disappear. You'll have to weigh the expense of the new tires with how important a little bit of a softer ride makes for you. Without knowing what kind of tires you currently have, it's hard to say how much, if any, improvement replacing them will offer. Talk to a local tire dealer and get their opinion. Tell them you're specifically looking for a tire that offers a smoother, softer ride.

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