I got my 147 Q2 checked out by Lawrence at Autolusso the other week which was fantastic - really great service. So if you happen to be reading this, thanks a lot!
He gave me a list of issues with the suspension which I was actually hoping to see, as I knew it was knackered (100,000 miles) and wanted to know exactly what was wrong. The ride is unbelievably hard and there are a wealth of various knocks and squeaks.
Here is the list:
- Both upper wishbones have play in bushes,
- NSR transverse arm bushes worn and have excessive play,
- Both rear hub bushes have play, NSR excessive.
- Both lower arm bushes perished,
- Lateral play in ARB bushes.
I can't remember exactly what parts he said I needed, but essentially he said I could get the whole lot sorted by him for about £800. Whilst I have absolutely no issues with them doing the work, I do have a family member working for an autoparts company who can get me the parts quite cheap, so it seems a shame not to make the most of this. Which parts would I need to replace to fix the above?
Also, I'm struggling to work out in my head which bits of the above is making the ride so hard. I can only imagine worn/perished bushes creating vague handling and lots of horrible noises, both of which I have but neither of which fix the issue of the bad ride. Would my shocks be ruined? I think we forgot to check for that.
I don't have any issues just taking it to Autolusso and giving them £800 to do the lot, it's just gonna take some saving up and if I can get it done sooner by getting some discount on parts, that's obviously ideal.