Ironic that I’d encounter trouble a day after pasting Consumer Reports and Forbes for their placement of the 9-3 Sport Sedan in the 5 most unreliable cars….
I took the Viggen in for a standard wheel and tyre rotation at lunchtime today and found….
1) the rear shocks are leaking, causing some uneven scalloping of the tyres. The shocks definitely need replacement at what’s looking like around A$160 a piece. The tyres will need replacement sooner rather than later as well and they’re going to be around A$250 each.
2) one of my notoriously soft Viggen rims is buckled, which I’d sort of suspected anyway. I was just speaking with my mechanic and whilst there’s one guy here in Tasmania that could roll it, their last two experiences with him proved to be pretty disastrous. Sending a rim to the mainland and back ends up costing more than the wheel is worth. Looks like I might need to look around for at least 1 new rim.
I’d been putting money aside for 3 months so I could get Abbott’s Viggen Rescue Kit fitted but it looks like that’s going to have to wait a little while longer.
Just part of loving the car, I guess…..
Any advice on good shockers to get as well as good tyres – drop em in comments.
I’d been considering Continentals for the tyres. The guy doing the tyre rotation today recommended Yokohamas. Everyone’s got an opinion I guess.