Hi, This is my first posting. I've owned many fords...(escorts, mondeo's, a puma.....)
I currently have a 2001 Y reg Mondeo 2.0 Petrol with 65,000 miles on the clock. I've had it 4 years and with the exception of a new inlet manifold at a cost of £300 last year, it's been good as gold.
In recent weeks it has began 'creaking' from the rear suspension over bumps and when breaking etc..
On my last MOT I had an advisory notice to say that the rear subrame bushes were 'deteriorated'. From a bit of web research I see that this is a common one with the Mk3 mondeo although other comments on websites seem to indicate that worn subframe bushes result in a 'knocking'. This doesn't help with me in diagnosing my 'creaking' but a visual inspection does seem to indicate that the bushes are in poor condition. However while under the car, with someone else rocking it, I honestly can't identify where trhe noise is coming from other than to say that it's the suspension in general.
My local ford dealer has quoted me around £600 to do a new subframe and bushes or £400 for bushes alone! They are not keen to just replace the bushes alone because they claim that if they do, the bushes will fail again within a year, therfore a whole new subframe is necessary (I don't believe them and I don't have a spare £600! kicking around).
My question(s) therefore are:
1. Has anyone else had a similar creaking and was this subframe bushes?? If not what was the cause???
2. How easy are the bushes to fit. I'm fairly competant with basic car maintenence, (i.e. oil changes, plugs, filters etc). Is it a job that can be done at home or is it an expert only job?
Grateful for any feedback.