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Old 07-15-2013, 05:04 PM
 
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the term "smoothest" brings to mind old CR's reviews. i remember the 1973 Buick Century was top rated, partly because "it gave an overall feeling of smoothness and isolation from the road surface that the Matador could not match".

The big Mopars were always compared to their Ford and GM counterparts--"none of the Chrysler Corp cars, the Plymouth, Dodge and Chrysler, were as smooth or as quiet as the Mercury or GM cars"
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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Simple. Mercury Marquis. They used to cut diamonds in the back seats.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:46 PM
 
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and tape violin music in the back seat...as CR's said of the 72 Galaxie 500-- "a recent Ford ad showed violin music being taped from the back seat of a moving car. unfortunately our test Galaxie was not nearly as quiet as those ads implied. while we judged the Galaxie fairly quiet overall, the tires hissed and rumbled, wind whistled around the doors and windows and the exhaust droned during even gentle acceleration"
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Kiger Island, Orego
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The 2014 Mercedes E550 4matic (a V8) that I drive has a split personality. On smooth to mildly rough roads, it is very smooth riding. But when I hit a larger bump, such as a speed bump I drive over on every trip to the local park, the suspension bottoms out with a loud impact sound. The suspension is adjustable for both car height and firmness. At the high-body-level setting, the problem remains, with perhaps a bit less impact sound, At the firm suspension setting, the ride is barely harder, but the suspension still bottoms out on certain speed bumps. I suspect that the strut style front suspension was designed with marginal wheel travel distance, hence the bottoming out. I've driven over the same speed bump for nearly 30 years and this is the first car we've had to bottom out at the bump.

Overall, it is a superb car for long highway trips, but not so great on bad secondary roads.
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