AO Platinum Member
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
They're not brilliant. That said I have never had a wheel or suspension trashed through potholes, not to my knowledge. Lets face it Alfa suspension on 156's, 147's and GT's are made of cheese. On my GT even 17" gave a dreadful ride. I once drove over a piece of gnat's poo and the upper suspension arm fell off.
I think they have been that way in years even back when I first started driving when the roads were cobbles (OK a slight exaggeration as it was 1981). Back then I had 13" wheels and big balloon like tyres on. I never noticed the holes but they did exist, I know because my parents lived (mum still does) on an unadopted road.
I think it seems to have got worse because even Audi's now come with wooden blocks in place of coil springs and rubber bands on 18" wheels as a standard.
All of this does not excuse the councils and governments for not fixing the them of course.
One last thing, have you ever driven on US roads? They have many paved ones and they're dreadful, however the suspension set up on their cars stateside compensates for this.
I know they don't need to go round bends as often but my point is that many '1st world' countries have **** roads.
Our motorways are good, the Italian ones are too if you can avoid a speeding fine (I can't, not even in Wheezy, the Fiat 500) but some of the main roads there in Italy are **** too.
I've never driven in France because I believe the roads are littered with beret's, onions, garlic, stripy tee shirts, old broken bikes & their baskets and baguettes. I bet that gives a right bumpy ride.. TT4N?
I'm not going anywhere, I'm just going.
Statements above are all my own opinion and not fact.