The garage (Mangoletsi Knutsford UK) reported the following issues
Handbrake Cables Split and Corroded
Front top suspension wishbones contain excessive play
Rear Balance Shaft Seals Leaking
Front antiroll bar bushes worn to excess
Front drop links contain play plus noisy
For this they require about £1500 to do it. Worst one is the rear balance shaft seals for which they want £737.
I would appreciate any comments anyone has on how important these issues are and whether they are safety related.
The car has done 60,000 - going to the main dealer for work is no longer of benefit to you. You will get a poorer service at a higher price Please take a your car to an independent. They will do a better job for less money. I reckon less than £1k for all of the work you need. Your not far from Paxton garage. I haven't tried them yet but I've heard a lot of good things.
BTW nothing unexpected there except the oil seal (haven't heard of it failing before) I'd take it somewhere else and get a second opinion. Could be a loose oil filter
Patrick, I've seen a few good reports on here about Heath Road Garage in Sandbach (01270 764214). I've not used them personally (but she's booked in next Thursday) but they sound a lot better than the main dealers. Might be worth a call.