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Why is G-Wagon so bumpy?

So I noticed the G-class Mercedes (the boxy jeep Mercedes) really exaggerates the smallest bumps in the road and anything big is like a shockwave.

I figured it's a military vehicle so it has that hard heavy drive feel and doesn't ride like a normal SUV or van preferred by soccer moms. Many speed bumps in this car can make it feel like you're actually jumping.

Because I was driving this thing on the freeway and there just happened to be a slight bump on the freeway and the G-wagon went over it at normal freeway cruising speed. And my mom freaked her shit out and wouldn't STFU about how it started her or made her uncomfortable and to go slower. Put me under so much stress for a bump in the road that I had no control over, she wouldn't shut up how much that bump upset her.

I do like the car and I think it's unique how every bump in the road will be felt because it has an adventurous ride. But for normal old people who just want a relaxing safe ride, this car can be annoying because they will complain about any bump. Is there a way to make this car less bumpy for angry old parents who will complain about any bump that comes our way?

Do people buy a G-wagon because it looks cool at first but then hate how it drives like an army truck instead of a normal soccer mom SUV? I guess when it comes to cool vehicles or bad ass cars, they always sacrifice the practicality of a normal boring car. My dad bought this car used because it was a good deal and probably just for the looks, but I don't really know if he actually likes the way it drives.
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People are buying vehicles for lot of different reasons.
The last generation trend to put low profile tires is not helping in smooth ride.
Have you seen Humvee with 30 or even 40 tire height ratio?
I bought ML55 and had to sell it at loss since my wife reacted similar to your mom.
E or S class seem to satisfy almost everybody.

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SUV are designed for a different purpose on mind. Passenger Vehicles are designed different, than say, a Sports Car versus a Pick Up Truck.
If a Passenger is used to driving in a Sedan, and they get into a standard Pick Up Truck they are in for a rude awakening.
Conversely, if you are a hard core Truck, Jeep, Off Road Driver and you drive in a Luxury Passenger Vehicle the experience will be night and day.
The G-Class is not a Passenger Vehicle. Nor is the Hummer or similar vehicles.

Be sure to check your tire pressure to exact OEM Specs. It's on your Door Pillar.
If it's used, inspect, possibly upgrade to a Better Shock Absorber.
Shocks, Tire Pressure and proper operating suspension system makes all the difference in the world


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Ride quality is a very subjective factor. I might not even notice a bump that might freak someone else out.
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