A two-part question really. I made a post some time back about the condition of the back-box on my 147. After some difficulty in sourcing a legitimate part (forgot to check Alfa Workshop) I decided to leave it, there are no leaks or anything it's just plain unsightly. So my first question is do the back-boxes always look this terrible or can this rusting be prevented. If possible I would prefer to restore it and save the hassle of removing the entire part. The car has just turned 5 years old so is it false economy to repair the back-box or is it better to bite the bullet and order a new one?
Secondly, my 147 is approaching 70,000 miles and I understand that some suspension components may require replacement around this time. The reason I ask these questions is because my nearest Alfa specialist is some distance away so I'd rather order the parts myself and just pay to have them fitted. Any comments would be most appreciated.
Some people spray paint their back boxes with high temp paint to lift it's appearance.
You can also try an aftermarket back box, a lot of them are smaller than the OEM box and therefore less visible or, you can fit a straight through pipe with just a tail piece attached, I did this on mine and it honestly isn't any louder than standard.
As for the suspension, when something perishes or wears out, you hear it before you see it