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159 - A short tale of suspension woes...

According to Perrys of Amersham, I apparently, hold the honour of first customer who managed to break the front offside suspension spring. I initially took it in to resolve the very annoying suspension noise due to a worn upper suspension arm though bizarrely, can't say I noticed any issues with the car's general handling. It is an honest and objective observation in saying I am designed for comfort and not for speed (both in terms of my driving habits and physical makeup) though how this has happened is quite beyond me...

The mechanic went to inspect the upper arm and whilst that did needed replacing, he also observed the perished spring. It was still intact but only very just - an easily visible crack. The post mortem revealed that the spring itself completely snapped under compression (when being removed). This is a car with 45k on the clocks and on a 57 plate...

Fortunately, the caris still within the 3 months used sale warranty so it cost me nowt... Furthermore, the springs have to be ordered in pairs so to my overall delight I am now crusing around in a comfortable, taut, noise free 159 which feels like new again.

It is said that lightning doesn't strike twice but I had the exact same problem many years ago on a 16v 33... Perhaps one to be aware of as the mileage rises on older models - Anyone else had a similar experience or am I truly the first known member to encounter this problem on a 159?
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The appalling state of the roads doesn't help either.
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Squadrone Rosso wrote;159 Ti's have a habit of breakingr springs rea

On the rear o/s spring on my TI, the last 4" of spring has broken off at the top.

This repair is to be fitted in in the next couple of months. I've no doubt I'll have to buy 2 springs.

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Originally Posted by symon View Post
The appalling state of the roads doesn't help either.
I agree. Although I am no defender of dealers, particularly main dealers, the way in which a car is driven and the potholes / obstructions which it encounters are totally outside their control.

For the record, I am not suggesting that this is the case with you Looky!

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