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Hi all, I have a 2009 mk3 and I can't decide if I have an issue with the steering or possibly suspension. The car is fine on flat roads but if the road surface is uneven the front end seems to move about a bit and doesn't feel positive. When I bought the car the front offside wing had been dented by a careless van driver reversing in to it but in my opinion the blow wasn't hard enough to have bent anything. I've had the tracking checked and that is fine so I'm just wondering if this isn't unusual and I'm being paranoid or if you think its not right and could suggest any faults to look for. Its had 2 MOTs since I bought it and they haven't picked up any bent components in the suspension. It's on 17" wheels if that makes any difference.
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Possibly the weather?
On my previous 5 it always felt nervous as soon as the temperatures dropped, modern tyres just don't grip so well at lower temp's. I used to find the steering wheel would pull suddenly going over patches of tarmac which offered different grip levels on each side, thought the car was haunted until I realised what was happening.
 

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Hi Mike....Some of the early Mk3's suffered with the handling as they weren't good from the factory and the only way to sort it was with 4 wheel alignment.
Having said that your car is 2009 which means its the 'Facelift' I believe, that year on had quite a few tweaks to the suspension to rectify this...
I had a 2010 anniversary on 17" wheels and that was fine...
And as Cobra mentioned maybe the tyres could be a bit of an issue, I had Avons on mine and they were very good.
 

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I am afraid that my Mk3 2.0 Sport never really handled as I thought it should even when new. I was much happier with my NBs and ND.
 

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Hi Mike....Some of the early Mk3's suffered with the handling as they weren't good from the factory and the only way to sort it was with 4 wheel alignment.
Having said that your car is 2009 which means its the 'Facelift' I believe, that year on had quite a few tweaks to the suspension to rectify this...
I had a 2010 anniversary on 17" wheels and that was fine...
And as Cobra mentioned maybe the tyres could be a bit of an issue, I had Avons on mine and they were very good.
As Chris has mentioned some NC/Mk3s came out of the factory with awful geometry set ups, I experienced this in 2007 when I changed my NBFL for an NC, it just didn't feel planted at all. I had a full 4 wheel geo carried out on a local company with a Hunter rig and a good knowledge of what he was about, suffice to say the car was absolutely transformed and IMHO, beat the NBFL in every aspect of driveability.

Obviously check the obvious first, make sure you have no bushes or ball joints - front and rear on the way out, as well as wear on the steering linkages, steering rack etc. Check you have the same tyres across axles, the NC does not tolerate a mix over an axle, tyre pressures can also have quite an impact.

In short, the NC is a fantastic car to drive and push on once you have a good geo set up and all of the above are in order,

Good luck and of course, let us all know what you find. (y)
 
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Having said that your car is 2009 which means its the 'Facelift' I believe, that year on had quite a few tweaks to the suspension to rectify this...
Hi Garffey, do you mean a Mk3.5 as mine is definitely a Mk3 which makes me wonder if it was one of the last as everywhere I look they say the MK3 stopped in 2008.
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Thanks for all the replies folks. There is a local tyre company who do 4 wheel alignment for £50 so that's probably worth trying, I work for a motor factor and one of my customers who fits tyres did say that the front 2 were "not a very good make" or words to that affect so I may look into getting a better pair. The MOT is due in March so I'll ask the tester to pay particular attention to the bushes just to rule those out as well. Fingers crossed I'll get it sorted as it's a bit unnerving and that's coming from someone who drives a Series 1 Land Rover :LOL:
 

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Hi Garffey, do you mean a Mk3.5 as mine is definitely a Mk3 which makes me wonder if it was one of the last as everywhere I look they say the MK3 stopped in 2008.
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Yep...that's a Mk3 alright!....The 3.5 or FL, had more angular surrounds around the fog lights and the grille was straighter on the top as the easiest way to tell.
From memory the 4 wheel alignment I had done was around £90, and comes with a print out, showing the markers before and after...they should all be in the green zone when finished.
My Mk3 felt light on the front steering, was on Bridgestones and driving down a motorway you had to constantly correct it left and right to keep it in a straight line...
 
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