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So for the past 2 months I have been eyeing the idea of purchasing a 453. The nearest one is 232 miles from me. I just came across a video that shows & talks about the 453 having micro vibrations a lot.
Has that been your experience? Does the vehicle, at idle, vibrate a lot? Or when accelerating? In the video below you can really see it. And it's not just one second of the video. You see it throughout the whole video.
I am hoping it's just that car they test drove and not all 453's.

https://youtu.be/UEyY6VWoKDE?t=45
 

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Interesting. I’ve owned my 453 for almost 4 years and 30k mikes. Is the engine as smooth as the straight 6 in our 1990 E Class Benz or the H6 in our Subaru Tribeca - no. However I don’t have a problem with its characteristics as an I3 either. Is there a very slight bit of vibration at idle? Yes but I find it totally acceptable and not excessive. At speed I find the engine reasonably quiet and it doesn’t feel stressed at 60, 70, 80, or even 90. Wasn’t so in the 451. I guess it all depends on what is acceptable to you.
 

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Like Oliver said... yes, at idle, it can be a tiny bit rough around the edges. But it's only a 3-cylinder. And the vibration you see through "the whole video" probably has more to do with the road they're on and the camera they're using than it does with the engine or anything of the sort. Bumps are pretty easily felt in the 453, but it's WAY smoother than the 451 ever was.

Like Oliver, I too have owned my 453 for nearly 4 years, and I have loved every second of it. Basically no issues to speak of (couldn't say that about my previous 2013 Dodge Dart), and they're just an absolute blast to drive.
 

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I agree with everyone here. I would describe the car in a lot of ways. What I wouldn't say is that it is a vibration factory.

I only watched part of the video but I noticed that they used a suction cup with a flexible arm to mount the camera to the windshield for the video. That would explain the excessive movement and vibration effect. That vibration doesn't translate to the driver in the same way since we're not cantilevered off the edge of the seat when driving.
 

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Nah, faulty video technique.



Our '16 Passion is a very sweet running/riding car, and any vibrations are normal stuff when driving.



All 3-cylinder engines will shake a bit at idle as the power strokes don't overlap and the flywheel does the smoothing out.



You'll know when the A/C compressor is on, as it pulls a few HP and at idle that 'feel' is normal.


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No experience there that they had . Yeah it’s a 3 cylinder , but I wouldn’t say it is rough by no means .
 

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Nah, faulty video technique.



Our '16 Passion is a very sweet running/riding car, and any vibrations are normal stuff when driving.



All 3-cylinder engines will shake a bit at idle as the power strokes don't overlap and the flywheel does the smoothing out.



You'll know when the A/C compressor is on, as it pulls a few HP and at idle that 'feel' is normal.


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Speaking of when the A/C compressor kicks on.... something you might not experience much of in Arizona, but driving my 5-speed down a hill in a lower gear... say 2nd or 3rd... the A/C compressor almost acts like an engine brake when it kicks on. Can actually feel it slow the car down slightly more than the lower gear does, and then it speeds back up a tiny bit to match the gearing when it turns off.
 

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Speaking of when the A/C compressor kicks on.... something you might not experience much of in Arizona, but driving my 5-speed down a hill in a lower gear... say 2nd or 3rd... the A/C compressor almost acts like an engine brake when it kicks on. Can actually feel it slow the car down slightly more than the lower gear does, and then it speeds back up a tiny bit to match the gearing when it turns off.
It sure does and you really feel it when compressor is engaged and the car downshifts to 2nd and 1st.
 

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:D Sure there's a bit of a rumble...

But it's part of the experience.
If you can't take it: buy something else, or use your Lexus around Town... :eek:
 
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