MK1 C5 Difference Between HM3 vs HM3+ ?

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MK1 C5 Difference Between HM3 vs HM3+ ?

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Hi this question relates to the mk1 C5, can anyone tell me the mechanical difference between the hm3 and hm3+ ?

I've read that the HM3+ has different comfort shpere's or something to that effect. Can anyone confirm this?

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Re: MK1 C5 Difference Between HM3 vs HM3+ ?

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Selectable "Sprots" mode
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But not all Mk1's had the option of HM3+, right?
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Correct, only 2.2's (I think). My 2ltr Mk1Exclv. did not
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Stickyfinger wrote:Selectable "Sprots" mode
Don't leave home without your "SPROTS" :shock:

In a nutshell: On the earlier Mk1 C5s the Hydractive 3 system had variable ride height that was automatically raised or lowered slightly according to road surface, speed and driving conditions. The Hydractive 3+ system reserved for the higher spec. models offered a 'Sport' mode setting that the driver could manually activate.
On the Hydractive 3+ systems there was an additional sphere on each of the axles and a stiffness regulator. Whilst 'Sport' mode is in effect (either manually or automatically) the system and the stiffness regulator cuts out the additional third sphere on each axle and re-energises these when it switches back to 'comfort' mode. When the 'Sport' mode is selected manually by the driver, the system maintains the 'sport' settings more frequently than normal. Here's a video on the Mk1 Hydractive 3+ (in French, but you'll get the idea).


On the X7 there are 7 active spheres in comfort mode and 4 in sport mode. - Here's an explanation:
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Sprout mode sorry :)
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I can confirm that. I had a 2.2 with hydractive suspension but the fuel consumption was dreadful so I got a 2.0. but although I have fitted new spheres and rear suspension bearings it still doesn't ride as well as the 2.2 did and certainly not as well as the XM.

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