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The roads are so rough here, what can I do to the suspension to lessen the road bumps if anything?
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Shocks are one good way to address this. However, tires (especially sidewall construction/material) are also a huge contributor to ride quality (or lack thereof) We have lots of tire threads with consistently positive forum member reviews of the Conti DWS 06's ride comfort. Others like the Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus tires.

Frankly, you can not go wrong with changing out the OEM tires found in most parts of the world, e.g., Dunlop SP 5000's. I would take a look at TireRack's comparative "ride quality results" with different tires.

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The roads are so rough here, what can I do to the suspension to lessen the road bumps if anything?
More likely than anything, changing the stock suspension will only make it worse, or at least in the case of Koni FSDs is a pretty expensive proposition. The easiest thing you can do is to change the tire/rim combination. If you're not already on them, you might want to downgrade to the 16" wheels (P205/60/R-16, which gives you a 123mm sidewall) and use a soft sidewall tire like Continental Extremecontact DWS.

Although I'm a bit surprised by the complaint- I drive on Detroit roads and this car rides smoother than pretty much every other compact, including the Toyota Corolla. Not as good as the midrange sedans but pretty damn smooth.
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I would agree, suspension changes is not going to help. The only thing that will is sidewall size. The more sidewall you have, you can run lower air pressure and the tires are what will absorb the roughness.

Had an old trailer once that had no suspension, so running like a 75 sidewall with only 20 lbs air was perfect (20 is too low for a car fyi)
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