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    Put the car (GSi) into my local independent garage to gets some bits and pieces done. I knew the pads were very low (warning came on at the start of the week) and the drivers side rear squeaked when bounced (so I had a good idea the shock(s) were on there way out).

    The front discs and pads and the rear pads have been changed – 48k miles
    The rear shocks were changed under warranty at 18k which means I got 30k out this set.

    For info my friendly mechanic reckoned there was a few thousand miles left on the discs (in the 4k – 6k region) and the rear shocks (particularly the drivers side) were completely kn@ckered .

    As a bench mark if you have had your:
    Rear shocks over 30k
    Brakes (including discs) over 45k
    I would give them a once over to check for wear.

    We tried to get the fabled brake kits (comprising discs and pads) but they are like rocking horse **** – all the dealers said they existed but no one in the area had them in stock (I ended up going down the sourcing individually route). Moral of the storey is plan well in advance of when you are going to change the front brakes/disks to give the dealers time to order it (the garage did me a deal, but said the price vaux was charging – just under £70 – was an absolute bargain).

    They have looked at the vibration problem and recon it must be a balancing problem as everything else is pretty tight (suspension etc.). I can’t believe so many tyre places are cr@p at balancing. Did not get her back tonight as they were waiting on a part but hopefully a blast tomorrow on the private runway will be vibration free.

    He did mention that there was a slight bit of wear/play on the steering rack (drivers side) but he only noticed it because he was looking for the problem and at this stage it was not likely to impact on the drive – it certainly would not be picked up as an issue during an MOT. Out of interest has anyone replaced a steering rack – just wondering if I should be keeping an eye out for a bargain if I need to replace it in a few 10’s of ks’ time.

    Note to self: Remember all brakes have been changed and she will not stop quickly for a while

    P.S. Long live friendly/helpful local independents

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    the shocks worn out after 18k?
    VX must investigate this, as it is most unusual.
    Shock should go 50-100k at any car.

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    I'm replacing my shocks and springs and this is why I'm not fitting Vx ones. I'm going aftermarket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectra17 View Post
    the shocks worn out after 18k?
    VX must investigate this, as it is most unusual.
    Shock should go 50-100k at any car.
    Yip, leaking a few weeks after I got the car and changed under warranty (but only just as it was into the second year of the warranty and they were arguing that is was ware-and-tear – garage said no but vaux said yes).

    This time round the drivers side is really bad.

    I thought the short life of the shocks was a recognized problem, although not recognized by vaux

    I have a feeling that the aftermarket units don’t fare much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swatty View Post
    Yip, leaking a few weeks after I got the car and changed under warranty (but only just as it was into the second year of the warranty and they were arguing that is was ware-and-tear – garage said no but vaux said yes).

    This time round the drivers side is really bad.

    I thought the short life of the shocks was a recognized problem, although not recognized by vaux

    I have a feeling that the aftermarket units don’t fare much better.
    I have seen rear left shock failed/leaked on 10k corsa, and the guy who drives it is old and drives like an old guy. Never cought a high speed corner in his life. I have seen all 4 shocks failed on skoda Fabia at 12k, and the driver was normal as well.

    I dont know what the hell is going on with some of the new cars these days.
    Shocks should last as long as you have the car, or at least 100k.
    I have seen cars go to 150k with the original shocks.

    The aftermarket shocks have one good side: 3 years warranty. I dont expect them to fail just like that.

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    When I was having my “discussion” with the garage around the 18k point there stance was that something must have happened to cause the shock to leak (i.e. I did something to cause it).

    The above was bull as it’s only me who drives the car and nothing happened to cause it. Also, only normal driving between the last change and now.

    The last few comments on the link below mention the same thing, frequent fails and repairs under warranty.

    http://forums.preloved.co.uk/fuseact.../036f014b.html

    In view of what I have experienced and heard from other vec owners I’m quite surprised that aftermarket shocks have a 3 year warranty, why can’t vaux match that claim (Applying the service logic - 3 years = up to 60k miles).

    My old Vec B SRi did just over 100k on the same rear shocks
    Last edited by Swatty; 1st February 2007 at 02:31.

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    just changed my front discs and pads..got 55k out of them

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    3rd set of police pads...in 36,000 miles........

    only one set of rears thou....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    3rd set of police pads...in 36,000 miles........

    only one set of rears thou....
    you must stop taken them off the local police cars,, just go out and buy new
    Last edited by chrisgettings; 1st February 2007 at 09:32.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    3rd set of police pads...in 36,000 miles........

    only one set of rears thou....
    Mark, I’ve always imagined that an automatic would be harder on the pads e.g. as there is always some drive to the wheels when stationary and you need to keep the brake applied (if you don’t take it out of drive - which I don't if I have one coss I'm lazy) - Is this the case?

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