I'm looking to get some suspension work done soon, dealing with the MOT advisory, but I canít decide how much to do, so can I get everyone opinions on what would be the best option?
Advisory was heavy corrosion rear springs
Thereís an intermittent knock coming from the back at low speed on uneven ground Ė from reading around this might mean the bushes are shot?
A bit about the car:
1998 2.0 Spider (Phase 1 if it makes any difference)
From the wedge of service history I have with the car, as near as makes no odds itís got the same suspension it rolled out the factory with
1) Replace the springs with alfa parts and do the bushes if needed (i.e. just keep on top of the maintenance)
2) See it as an opportunity to do some preventative maintenance and send it to a garage for some pampering
3) If V6 spiders werenít as rare as unicorn droppings, there would be an option 3
Iím leaning towards option 2, so my questions are:
What should I get replaced Ė just springs and shocks, or if Iím preparing the car for the next 100k miles are there things it would make sense to replace at the same time while itís all out and at the garage
Should I replace with alfa parts, or eibach / konis / other, or some combination of alfa and non-alfa. Is it worth the cost increase?
Iím not necessarily bothered by making the ride firmer, but I would like it to be more compliant Ė itís very crashy at the moment on some of the great british road pothole network Ė but is that just a function of worn parts and replacing with the same but new would cure it.
Finally, where do people recommend I take it for the work (Iím based in Reading), Iím mechanically minded enough to do the basic service bits myself so I havenít needed to find a garage yetÖ