Its fascinating when cars tend to act up aroind the same time on consecutive years. If you remeber last year around New Year we had an ouch experience with the rear suspension, which was resolved for a reasonable amount of money.
Yes...we counted ourselves fortunate at the time...wow averted a painful experience.
Around mid December 2013 the rear suspension is acting up again, with one side going down, and subsequently coming up when the car is started. While getting the lingering feeling that it might just get worse, we are nearing the end of the year.
The conclusion is that there is something strange going on with the rear suspension, in addition to a clunking sound from the front suspension.
Its winter, its cold, who needs the aggravations...well on January 2, as anticipated the rear suspension is way down, and no longer comes up...interesting.
Try to get a car with no rear suspension on a flatbed, another interesting experience. This time the gut feeling was to not drive the car like last year. Something to do with being lucky once and perhaps not again.
A call to our friendly mechanic "I'm sending you the car, its down, fix it."
This time its was the compressor that was defective, and it required 2 other suspension arms in the front.
Its a classic case of an 11 year old car with an air suspension, and a delicate front suspension with an accelerated wear curve.
A few days, and an ouch later the car is up, the clunk is gone, and the sensor on a rear axle is acting up.
Its part of the joys of fooling around with an older car.