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Great car - except - highway speed handling. Much forum discussion of fixes without consensus conclusion. My experience with track-worthy cars (350Z, aftermarket V-8 Mustang) is that handling is a matter of components, adjustments, and possibly a couple $K of aftermarket upgrades). All I want with this OB is to drive at 75 for in my chosen lane without undue driver fatigue. I understand the "fixes"that have been suggested include 1-4, below:
1. reduce tire pressures to 32F, 30R;
2. realign to specs, whatever those are, and who dials them in;
3. install aftermarket parts (19mm anti-sway bar);
4. replace EPS control chip to reduce electronic assistance at higher speeds;
5. go to a performance specialist and invest big bucks;
6. sell it while it still has under 20K miles on it;
7. forget to take out my key when I park in LA??
A modern car should not feel like a motorized billboard. What's up?
 

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Great car - except - highway speed handling. Much forum discussion of fixes without consensus conclusion. My experience with track-worthy cars (350Z, aftermarket V-8 Mustang) is that handling is a matter of components, adjustments, and possibly a couple $K of aftermarket upgrades). All I want with this OB is to drive at 75 for in my chosen lane without undue driver fatigue. I understand the "fixes"that have been suggested include 1-4, below:
1. reduce tire pressures to 32F, 30R;
That is the stock pressure so it's not a reduction. Many of us have seen improvements with INCREASE in pressure, and it's free so do that first. I'm running 38F/36R (please note, I have different tires).
2. realign to specs, whatever those are, and who dials them in;
3. install aftermarket parts (19mm anti-sway bar);
4. replace EPS control chip to reduce electronic assistance at higher speeds;
#4 is a new one for me...
5. go to a performance specialist and invest big bucks;
6. sell it while it still has under 20K miles on it;
7. forget to take out my key when I park in LA??
A modern car should not feel like a motorized billboard. What's up?
You forgot, change the tires. It seems that when people get the sway bar it helps the most. A few of us also notice a difference with new tires.
 

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I noticed a difference with my 2013 when I changed tires and the originals were only on for 85 kilometers (one day) so it had to be a marked difference. I just did my first long highway trip and was curious if i would notice the wandering on the highway but really I had no issue at all, tracked nice except a 1/2 hour stretch where we had really high (60km/hr) cross winds. That did take a little effort.
 

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A sway bar will help but it will never handle at speed as well as a low to the ground sporty vehicle. Too much air running underneath.
 

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Rent a Legacy and you'll know why I hate the OB so much. No legacy wagon left me no other options after 11yrs living with a legacy- and buying a very early 2010 for grandma when she decided to get one. Yes the legacy is everything the OB was designed not to drive like BY DESIGN. LOL
 
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