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Hi was hoping for some help/advice

My car has just gone in for its mot today and has failed due to corrosion on the front drivers side of the subframe.

1. Firstly has anybody heard of a similar problem on a car only 8 years old?

2. Do I have any comeback against the dealer I bought it from. I bought it from a respected independent Alfa Specialist and have only had it 5 months. Surely something doesn't just become corroded in this space of time and it was like this at the time of sail? New to all this so any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Re: Coroded Subframe?

oooh.....buyer beware I think

I'm concerned about mine (2000 x)
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Re: Coroded Subframe?

I've had it on a 10 year old 145.

In my case the subframe had got a little bit bent and had corroded where the metal had creased.
My MOT inspector refused to weld it on safety grounds so I swapped it myself from one off another car.

It took about 4 - 5 hours to do, mainly because you need to get the car and engine supported. There are only actually about 16 bolts to undo/redo but some (like those around the wishbones and the bottom strut ball joint) are harder than others to do.

I paid about £20 for the subframe and Hammerited it before fitting.
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Re: Coroded Subframe?

My friend had this happen to hi 155 V6, which is a very similar technical design. In his case the corrosion wasn't spotted until the subframe split and one side of the suspension nearly fell off!

His car is an L reg though so 8 years is a bit rough for you.

As Bodger says, its a 4-5 hour job but it actually doesn't take any specialist skill so it is doable yourself if you are handy (preferably with a mate) or by most any garage. It doesn`t have to be a specialist.

Its a good opportunity time to change front roll-bar, steering rack or clutch as they are all something that will be easy with the subframe off (you can`t do the former two without it off).. Also the front suspension has to be disconnected so it's a good time to replace any worn wishbones, shocks or springs. Why not, if it's coming apart anyway? You could even uprate it

Getting one from the scrapper is the best idea. They won`t cost a whole lot and are generally just fine - I think you have been unlucky. Cleaning up the second hand one and slathering the whole thing with waxoil or some other substance is definately a good idea though.

Oh yeah, and when it is all back together again get a 4-wheel alignment done or you will crab down the road and wear your tyres quickly.
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