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Suspension squeak at 30,440 miles

28 April 2011 - Filed under: Repairs

The MINI unfortunately developed a rather loud squeak from the nearside front suspension when travelling over bumps. The same problem briefly occurred nearly a year ago but resolved itself within the same journey. This time however it was here to stay.

I mentioned it to Oxford MINI when the car went in for its second service, they very kindly took a look at it FOC and greased some of the contact points around the strut. They reckoned if the noise didn’t go away within the next few days then a new shock would be required and provided me with an estimate of £265.

I wasn’t entirely convinced about the noise being shock related, the squeak only seemed to occur when the chassis was flexing slightly, rather than the suspension compressing heavily. I was hoping the problem was actually a dry bush on the antiroll bar. So I took the MINI to a local BMW/MINI specialist for a second opinion.

Unfortunately I was wrong, the shock had well and truly had it, the specialist blamed my run-flat tyres for its premature demise. Thankfully his price of £155 using genuine parts was less painful than Oxford MINI and I’ve hopefully now found a reliable ex-BMW mechanic for any future issues.

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  1. BozUnited Kingdom 14 August 2011 - 7:48 am

    I’m only 5 miles from MINI-Oxford, but interested to read about your using a local independent specialist. Can I ask who they are please?

  2. IanUnited Kingdom 14 August 2011 - 7:59 am

    It was Mark Purcell, located in the industrial estate across the road from the factory. I believe he previously worked for North Oxford BMW and certainly seems to know his stuff.

    No website, but plenty of positive feedback on BMW forums, contact details here:


  3. BozUnited Kingdom 14 August 2011 - 11:18 am

    Thanks for that!

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