SUSPENSION & BRAKES
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.