After a recent service at the dealership where we purchased our car, they recommended we get 4 (out of 8 upper/lower/rear/front) control arms replaced, as well as the rear diff supports and bushes. I am fairly confident of identifying these parts, but the reason that gave is that there was a “fair bit of play” in them and that the car was no longer roadworthy.
Bear in mind, this is the same dealer that had us replace the brakes 6months and 5000km into ownership, despite them scoring 88% on their inital inspection when we bought it. I really find it hard to believe that in 6 months and 5000km of light Sunday drives that all these things could suddenly go wrong without any signs when we first bought it and got the legally-required roadworthy certification.
Though, we do want to spoil the car and really make sure she is good enough to be on the road for another 5 years (she is 5 years old at the moment, so we got her pre-loved), so if we have to go through with this we will (probably shop around for some quotes though after the brake fiasco…).
What do you guys think? Is this “fair bit of play” something that can be overlooked for another 6 months and 5000km of light Sunday driving (we only use the car on weekends to get out into the country and explore neat cafe’s and rural festivals etc…)