My 2016 Camry feels very "bouncy" even on seemingly smooth roads. It is bouncy at every speed, from 30km/h to 110km/h. I can feel every groove on the road. Which components should I modify/replace to achieve a more comfortable ride? I know that shock absorbers prevent the car from bouncing. So I have replaced the front shocks, but most of the bounce is still there. I am now considering my options:

  • Replace rear shocks
  • Replace springs
  • Perform wheel balancing. I've already done wheel alignment and rotation.
  • Get better tyres

What is the best option for me and is there anything else I should be thinking about? Is my car just "bouncy" by design and there is nothing I can do about it, other than getting a new car?

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    Bouncy could mean that your shock absorbers were too soft. Feeling every groove in the road could mean your shock absorbers were too hard. What is it you are feeling, a too soft or too hard ride?
    – HandyHowie
    Commented May 20, 2021 at 6:11
  • It's a little hard to explain. I can feel when I am passing over a groove. As I pass over a groove the car bounces. Also when there are no grooves (smooth road) the car bounces at random intervals. In contrast when I drive in a "good" car over the same road I don't even feel the grooves. If the "good" car bounces then it is less frequent and the amplitude of each bounce is smaller (more dampening). Commented May 20, 2021 at 6:30
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    Does this answer your question? Can rear shocks affect comfort at the front?
    – Solar Mike
    Commented May 20, 2021 at 6:46
  • Also as you said in your other answer whilecreplacing the rear shocks the front and also choice of tires makes a difference. One tire can work well or not on any car...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented May 20, 2021 at 6:48
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    Personally, I would have borrowed a set of wheels/tires to do a quick test and work from there... not spend $$$ on a guess.
    – Solar Mike
    Commented May 20, 2021 at 10:45


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