Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: New Zealand
I've noticed that Honda Accords have a very similar front suspension design with the high-mounted wishbone and 'tuning fork' linking the small-diameter spring/shock unit to the lower arm.
I have a 156 with 240,000km on the clock, so most of the front suspension has already been replaced, but I'd say the biggest cause of problems is not the design but the poor quality of aftermarket parts. I agree with Symon. That applies to most other vehicles out there - the replacement part seldom lasts as long as the original, be it a balljoint, drop link, or rubber bush. Thing is, people just don't want to spend the money on replacement parts.
Replacing the antiroll bar bushes made a lovely difference to my 156, though it was a long job to do. I fitted genuine Alfa bushes that were (unusually) available separate from the antiroll bar. And yes, I would have replaced the whole bar, but that wasn't readily available here.
'00 GTV V6, '08 FIAT 500, shell and parts for a '71 FIAT 850 Coupe
Last edited by alexGS; 29-03-10 at 23:51.