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the springs have a rare habit of snapping due to age/wear'n'tear.
(when they go, they tend to take out the tyre, and rim if being driven at the time)

the rear hatch windows are rather large and get stessed, not a problem unless your insurance co decides they wont cover any glass other than windscreen (unless the car was broken into and other visable damage from forced entry has occured). (its over 700 for a new one). read the small print!
spare hatch glass tends to be thin on the ground in breakers yards.

Probably a good idea to change the springs around 60-90k just as a safeguard against it happening without warning. I was advised by a towing specialist that they should be changed every 36k if you tow trailers a lot.

there are threads on here regarding these issues.

i just changed my shocks'n'springs to prevent any failure, as i cannot afford to have a failure when i'm working, as i will be relying exclusivly on my car for work.

don't panic, just be aware of any issues and cover the them with checks at regular service intervals.
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