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Stupid question alert !!!<p>Everything else being equal, if one drove one R 10,000 miles over very bumpy roads in comfort mode, and another drove 10,000 miles over the exact same road in advanced mode, at the end of the road, which car would have more worn out struts? Assume exact same car in both scenarios.<p>Why am I asking? I am having both front struts replaced under warranty, and my parking garage at work has some of the most aggressive speed bumps I've ever encountered, 2 bumps per garage level. I have to drive over ~ 10-12 speed bumps per workday to get to and from an open spot. From a pure strut longevity perspective, should I drive through the garage overt the bumps in comfort, sport or advanced mode?<p>
 

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Re: strut wear rate - comfort v. sport v advanced? (pitaq)

comfort has most wear ... the deeper the shock is depressed the faster the wear (shocks don't wear driving on flat highways).<br>Also less chance the frontwing will hit ground in advanced <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Wouldnt advanced with the increase pressure to be firm cause something to leak? or a seal to blow?
 

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I find that in NYC roads, comfort mode sucks because the car bounces around like an air suspension Caddy, Sport is overall best for general travel. Advanced is pretty much for racing and showing off to your friends
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>chinaonnitrous1</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Wouldnt advanced with the increase pressure to be firm cause something to leak? or a seal to blow?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>You are not going to take a speedbump with high speed... so nothing is going to blow.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>crimnlmnded</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I usually keep it in sport. Advanced is too bouncy and annoying, only good thing about it is throttle response.</TD></TR></TABLE><br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> To my knowledge comfort is bouncy.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sdigital</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I find that in NYC roads, comfort mode sucks because the car bounces around like an air suspension Caddy, Sport is overall best for general travel. Advanced is pretty much for racing and showing off to your friends</TD></TR></TABLE><br>The roads in the US really must suck because I drive +99% of time in the original advance mode sw with 18" and +40psi within the fronts and that's not hard to me.<p>AND BACK TO tOPIC: he asked what mode would be the least wear for struts:<br>I vote for Advanced, almost none wear <br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JARMO</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>The roads in the US really must suck because I drive +99% of time in the original advance mode sw with 18" and +40psi within the fronts and that's not hard to me.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>To call the roads in New York City roads is to do the ancient Romans a disservice. <p>Potholes, plates, seams, etc. It's just hellacious.
 

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Re: strut wear rate - comfort v. sport v advanced? (pitaq)

I certainly have no real world data to support it but I would expect "advanced" would be more likely to cause seal failure, the most common cause of shock failure. <p>In "advanced" the valve orifice spends more time at smaller diameters, and therfore there is more compression pressure in the shock. I would expect that this could lead to seal failure sooner. It is true that there is more travel in "comfort" and more absolute travel, but I have to think the higher compression would be the seal killer.
 

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Re: strut wear rate - comfort v. sport v advanced? (rogersampson)

I agree with the last post, advanced is not really for every day use unless your car is certified pre-owned and you can take it into the dealer anytime. <br>I would say Sport mode is best.<p>Agreed about NYC roads, it makes me wonder why I even bother buying nice cars. On a side note, I have my car for 1-week and I already got bumper scrapes from @ssholes that can't park!!!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>chinaonnitrous1</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Wouldnt advanced with the increase pressure to be firm cause something to leak? or a seal to blow?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>It will shatter your teeth and the glove box <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JARMO</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>The roads in the US really must suck because I drive +99% of time in the original advance mode sw with 18" and +40psi within the fronts and that's not hard to me.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>You have noooooo idea...
 

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Another relevant point: whether comfort or advanced causes more wear on the struts - keep in mind rattling everything around on Sport/Advanced when you drive on horrible frost-heaved, potholed asphault is likely to incur costs just from everything rattling loose then breaking off.
 

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I think the better choice of words would be..<p>Comfort = floaty<p>Advanced = bouncy (as in cut coil spring bouncy)
 
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