SUS­PEN­SION & BRAKES

Unique Cars - - XT BUYERS GUIDE -

If the front sus­pen­sion has been low­ered or has sagged far enough for tyres to foul the wheel-arches ur­gent re­pairs are due. Creak­ing when the wheel is turned at low speeds is a sign of worn ball-joints or bush­ings and nei­ther are ex­pen­sive. Be wary of cars that use very low-pro­file tyres (50 Se­ries or less) as these put stress on other sus­pen­sion com­po­nents. Rear spring leaves flat­ten and suf­fer crack­ing so be wary of cars that droop at the rear. Brake parts are avail­able and eas­ily re­placed, with new ro­tors cost­ing $250 a pair and re­con­di­tioned power boost­ers below $350. Re­plac­ing the orig­i­nal front brakes in a base model costs $250-350 per pair for new drums and shoes.

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