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My 156 1.8TS Sportwagon is starting to sag at the rear. Generally it runs beautifully but it's increasingly crashing when going over reasonably sized pot holes. (As we live in the middle of nowhere it has to put up with a pounding from low quality roads, which has probably contributed to the problem.) The general concensus is that the shocks will need replacing to get it through the next MOT (March 09).

It has sport suspension with nivomat self-levelling. ePer gives a price of £350 per shock, then of course there's fitting as well, so I reckon it's going to be over £800. As she's done £103K the current valuation for sale is around £900. I also need to be careful as we're still on the original clutch and exhaust.

I don't really want to let her go :cry: but it may come to that. Has anyone tried replacing the shocks and the associated parts (coils etc), and if so what was the cost? Does anyone have any other suggestions as to what I could try?
 

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Mine is a 2002 2.4JTD Sportwagon with105k miles. Still goes like a train :confused: and gets 50+mpg but as I d 20k+ miles per year and it's only wiorth about £3k, why sell?

Front suspension was gone and needed all new arms so decided to bite the bullet and had Koni FSDs fitted with new springs in the rear (self leveling ones don't fit).

Brilliant :)

Ride is absolutely superb, much smoother than original, it just glides over bumps and those lying down cops.

Not cheap, ~£1200 all told, fitted but well worth the expense. I also have polyurethane bushes in the rear arms but rest is standard.

I kept the rear self leveling shocks. Still good. If anyone needs, PM me.

Jerry
 

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I can see your point about selling. There are a number of complicating factors - everything from what may go next (for example, we're still on the original clutch which is getting a little thin) to building work on the house. Also as a 1.8TS she only gives c.32mpg, which is a little tough in this day and age.

That you kept the self-levellers is interesting through. I'll drop you a PM.
 

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As well as invaluable Jeronimo's assistance I now have a proposal from an Alfa specialist. Their suggestion is to fit a pair of Coney shocks at £326 and pair of springs at £141. Does any know if that's a reasonable proposal?
 

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Should of thought that one through - it should have been Koni rather than Coney. :lol:

And now they've changed their minds anyway. :rant: Current proposal is £306 including fitting just for shocks. Either they've found a cheap supply of nivomats or they misunderstand the complexities.
 

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Middle of nowhere??? Is that near me? If so I have a pefectly servicable set of SP1 shocks and springs sat in my garage and nothing to fit them too, Though from mid Nov I shall be located near Swindon, so if you can wait it'll be a hell of a lot cheaper.
 

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Could be interesting. Are they the novimats? Do they carry a part mumber? The ones on my SW look as though they are labelled 60668186.

I guess "middle of nowhere" is fairly subjective. The house is between Oxford and Aylesbury, which I guess is nothing if you're living on the north coast of Scotland. On the otherhand you should see the state of our roads!
 
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