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I'm currently driving an 04 plate SE. Its a courtesy car from Oxford. The steering is considerably lighter than my 51 plate Sport. Is this due to it being newer or being an SE? I prefer the heavier steering in mine, but that might just be because I'm used to it!

The suspension is also alot softer, but I assume that is due to the Sport having a different suspension set-up, i.e. 15mm lower etc.

Any thoughts?

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The IS200 Sport does have slightly stiffer suspension than the SE

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I borrwed an 04 IS200 manual sprt for the day, this steering was light and responsive.

I then test drove an Altezza RS200 (210bhp 4 cyl), and found the steering heavey.

But the Altezza AS200 (153bhp) i settled on, has lighter sterring as per the uk spec.

Doesnt help, but that is my bit..................

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The RS200 may have had aftermarket wheels on it. Wider tyres or incorrect wheel offset can make the steering heavy.

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Differing amounts of tread on tyres ??

They are not that different, the SE's will have been new in March and I replaced my fronts around the same time!

The SE does have different tyres, can't remember what they are, mine are Toyo T1-s's. Both 17". Shouldn't make such a noticeable difference as it is though.

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