Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
Been a while since I wrote this thread and it always annoys me when people don't share their resolutions. So here goes...
I've had the knocking/grinding noise since I bought the car, and it didn't get worse, something else did and overshadowed the original noise.
The noise overshadowing the original noise was a severe knocking noise when going over even the most minor bumps.
This required replacement of the the anti roll bar, some upper arms on the suspension (I forget the exact name of the part). This probably cost me in the region of £700 (I got the back box on the exhaust changed at the same time and paid about £1000 for everything). This was diagnosed and work completed by Mangoletsi.
This made the car feel much more solid, but re-revealed the original grinding noise. Another trip to Mangoletsi and it was diagnosed as a faulty shock on the nearside. This was replaced for about £500.
I'm sure I've paid over the odds for both parts and labour, but after having a few independent garages look into this and none of them diagnosing the problem I'm happy to have the problems fixed. Even if they cost me in the region of 33% of the vehicle's worth.
Annoyingly, I'm now hearing a squeaking noise which I've self diagnosed as a rear, off-side brake sticking. Only appears to do it on slightly colder mornings, any advice on this would be handy, but I suspect its for another thread.
The saga of Alfa ownership continues...