How much work can a car need!
My Volkswagen Passat has had a few problems... Mostly to do with the suspension, and its alignment, but it is causing some interesting problems.
So Amersham took the car on Friday, and guess what. I get a phone at 17:20, "How late can I keep the car, err we haven't started it yet." I was dissapointed to say the least, this type of problem is not unusual when dealing with main dealer outlets, however AA were very responsible in their response and re-booked the car wuickly, washed it and promised excellent services and the job done then, and actually sounded sincere. So we still think that this is the best place for the car.
VW Passat 1.8 20v Turbo Sport Saloon
So there we have the before shot, now after a raft of new parts, and a very expensive alignment session its back and looking fantastic. Check her out below:
|So what was it that sent me out on this spending spree. I began to notice something feeling not quite right while I was driving around.|
I decided to have a look at what needed doing. I took the undercover off, and put her up on ramps to see what i could find.
The first thing I noticed was that the inner bushes of the suspension arms were all starting to crack on the RH side of the car, and one of the already replaced arms on the LH side had also cracked. No doubt about it, there was a problem alright, 'cos that should not have happened in only 17,000 miles.
And then I noticed that a shift had occured around the subframe front mounting bracket LH side, see images. So the parts I listed above were all bought and paid for, and I decided to book the car into the main dealer for alignment. And that was it really. I collected the car on Friday morning, and am going out to work for the night tonight. But the bill in the end came to 400 at the dealer, and 470 in parts. Not to mention 2 weeks off work!
Many hours of motoring pleasure await, now that she is low, and grippy.