Im new to this site and have just been reading your problems with the front suspension which sounds the same as mine. I have a new ZetecS which has only done 3k.
I noticed a loud knocking/crunching noise aswell as a creaking noise from what seemed to be coming from the n/s front suspension when going over quite harsh speed bumps. The type of speed hump you find in a super market car park. The sound is quite concerning as it sounds almost like something is about to drop off underneath, although when checking the car over it all looks ok. Im hoping its just some kind of plastic sheild moving as the car flexs over a harsh speed hump and sounds worse than it really is but, still its a bit concerning for a new car.
The strange thing is under normal driving conditions and even going over normal speed humps carefully the car doesnt make any noise.
I dont really want to have to have some muppet at Ford's say it needs suspension parts and start fitting bits willy nilly.
I would be interested to hear of anyone else who has experianced a simlar issue and if they have had it rectified by Fords.
I look forward to your replies.