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Old 01-07-2014   #1
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There are a few folks on here who've now been there, seen it and done with the most common jobs on the Multipla. Personally, I've found the quality of aftermarket parts for the Multi to be a bit hit and miss (mostly miss).

So, if you've got any recommendations for a particular make of replacement part (not a seller - unless it's a unique item - we don't want this to become a free ad space for unscrupulous sellers!), post it here. Equally, if you've bought anything that turned out to be made of cheese (and cottage cheese at that), let it be known and save us all the aggravation, frustration and disappointment of buying something duff.

Some of the things that I've bought fall into both categories. I'll gather my thoughts and post them shortly.

Note to mods - we've not had a sticky on the Multipla forum since 2006. If this one gets wings, can it be 'stickied' so that new forumers get a chance to see it?
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Re: Quality of Replacement Parts

Recently I've been fitting suspension parts made by Moog.
Got them from my local motor factors. Prices where not expensive and very reasonable.
The quality was also superb.
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Re: Quality of Replacement Parts

Just been out stripping the half shafts off my Multi and now noticed that one of the front springs has snapped. Interesting that the MOT test didn't pick this one up. That's 3 of the 4 KYB springs that I fitted new 3 years / <20k miles ago that have snapped. I'll take a close look at the remaining one, but it doesn't really matter as I've just ordered a pair of Bilstein ones. That'll be Bilstein springs and dampers all round and hopefully they'll be reliable.

NEVER, EVER EVER BUY KYB SPRINGS FOR YOUR MULTIPLA. Not unless you enjoy changing springs.
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Re: Quality of Replacement Parts

Quick review of front wishbones for the Multipla here. It'll be updated from time to time to let you know how they wear.
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Re: Quality of Replacement Parts

Here's a couple of shots of the broken KYB spring.





All stripped now and the offending item summarily dispatched from both struts.
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How much were the bilstien shockers? They uprated any over standard?
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Re: Quality of Replacement Parts

No, just standard B4 units. They're the only ones that Bilstein make for the Multipla. To be honest I wouldn't want them any firmer than they are. Price was 268 for all four corners in July 2012. They took a bit of bedding in (were very stiff to start off with) but were fine after a week or two. That said, the paint finish has started to flake in a few places, so I've dropped them off for shot blasting with a few other bits. When I get them back I'll give them a coat of POR 15 which should protect them for a few years. In terms of performance - very consistent. I'd buy them again without hesitation. I've just bought the Bilstein springs to match . We'll see how they fair.
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Hi to Everyone. I have bought a fiat sciento active 1.1 on a (53) plate. The exhaust is blowing, not checked properly underneath,looks like it's the front end (manifold) by sound of it. I have brown sludge in the water coolant too as car has been stood for a while any ideas of how to get rid of it and was I was thinking of doing a basic service on it myself. Any advice would be much appreciated including were to buy parts. Many Thanks, AM (UK)
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Re: Quality of Replacement Parts

Your blowing exhaust is more likely to be the flexi-pipe than the manifold.

First, if it's been standing any length of time I'd give it a birthday and do a proper job.

1. Drain the water and flush it out, when you've got fairly clean water coming out, close the valve (or refit the bottom hose - if you went that way) and refill with 50/50 antifreeze.
2. When was the last cambelt/water pump/idler change? If you don't know, then that's job #1 .
3. Engine oil and filter (warm her up first), fuel filter, air filter and maybe pollen filter.
If you can do it change your hydraulic oil too. Check your drop links, rear swing arm bearings and brake cables for rust.
As far as parts suppliers are concerned, try your local parts people first. Ebay is ok but be careful you get the right bits you want.
If in doubt READ THE ARCHIVES
Have a good read thru the archive, there's tons of stuff in there - I know cos I've put some there myself and so have some of our most esteemed colleague's. Good luck.
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