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Unhappy Really rough ride, caused by suspension or bad tires?

I know Mazda 3's are supposed to have a tight sport suspension, and it does handle great, but my cars ride feels terrible. I had the stock yokohama avid tires rotated at 7,500k. and soon after I started to notice it was riding very rough. Started feeling every little bump and hump in the road at all speeds. Feels like my head is constantly bobbing up and down. I notice it on good and bad roads. Had the dealership check struts for any issues and balance the tires. They say everything is perfect. I leased a 2008 mazda 3 and never had this rough of a ride. Is the 2010 stiffer than the previous generation? Or is there a problem with my car? I've read a lot of bad reviews on these particular Yokohamas. Will replacing them help? ANY ideas would be helpful.
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When they rotated did they raise your tire pressure?

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They said they set the tires to specified pressure. Not sure if they increased it or not. I asked the same thing when I took it in to have it looked at. So, I'm assuming that's not the cause.
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Don't assume anything with dealer service. Check it yourself. 32 psi front and rear

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lol very true. thats why i never go there

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Checked tire pressure and adjusted from 34psi to 32psi, and I can't detect any difference in the ride. Still as rough and rigid as ever. Any other ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.
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My ride is a bit bouncy but sporty. I think it's just a common thing with these cars, not much to worry about. My family rode along a few times and didn't complain about it being rough.

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It must be the tires. My ride improved dramatically when I bought new tires. My car rides softer on my new 40 series tires at 35 psi than it did with the stock 50 series tires at 32 psi. If I knew there would have that much of a difference I would have gotten rid of the stock tires as soon as I left the dealership. I blame the rattles I have on the stock tires too.

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It must be the tires. My ride improved dramatically when I bought new tires. My car rides softer on my new 40 series tires at 35 psi than it did with the stock 50 series tires at 32 psi. If I knew there would have that much of a difference I would have gotten rid of the stock tires as soon as I left the dealership. I blame the rattles I have on the stock tires too.
I agree the tires are wacked out, once these are balding I'm getting new ones.

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