I have the original Bilstiens on my 2008 2.0 sport. It currently handles like a half filled bath tub, interesting to say the least.
I know tyres and geometry need doing, but also aware that 12 year old shocks (at 72k miles) are going to be tired. So thinking about getting everything done at the same time.
I want comfort as well as secure handling, this is not a track car, and my favourite roads are back roads not fast flowing A roads.
Looking for the most cost effective way to update the shocks. I can see sachs for around £300, Bilston B4s around £400, B6/B8s around £600 and Koni (with springs) around £700. I also see Mazda supplied replacement Bilstiens for silly money compared with the B4 and B6 prices above.
So… has anyone tried the cheaper options? I am guessing you get what you pay for, but pretty sure anything will be a step up from 12 year old originals?
And should I bite the bullet and change the springs at the same time, even if I am happy with the high ish original ride height?
All thoughts appreciated.