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VW Golf VII/Skoda Octavia III: Noise in the area of the rear axle with standard shock absorbers

BILSTEIN B8

BILSTEIN B8

BILSTEIN B4

BILSTEIN B4

Golf VII and Octavia III as well as other MQB models with identical axle design are increasingly experiencing noises on the rear axle. The prerequisite for the problem is a passive suspension, i.e. without electronic damping force adjustment, and a year of manufacture up to the end of 2015. Specifically, it is a rumbling, rattling and knocking noise. These noises can be attributed to the rear gas pressure shock absorbers.

In total, the following vehicle models are affected:
  • VW MQB such as e.g. 
  • Golf VII (5G1*)
  • Skoda Octavia III (5E*)
  • Seat Leon (5F*)
Note: The OE suspension of the vehicles mentioned is not a BILSTEIN OE suspension.

The vehicle manufacturer itself has explained the problem in a technical information as follows: “Due to unfavourable tolerances of the bottom valves of the rear gas pressure shock absorbers, engine noises can be transmitted via the rear axle into the vehicle interior.“

Action: We recommend BILSTEIN B6 & B8 high performance or B4 OE replacement shock absorbers.

BILSTEIN B6
Higher power reserves and longer service life even in van and trailer operation or with frequent journeys with a load / Optimum road grip and increased track stability in everyday and extreme situations / 1-tube gas pressure shock absorbers / Noticeable plus in safety and performance without additional spring replacement

BILSTEIN B8
Specially shortened high-performance dampers tailored to the spring preload of lowering and sports springs / Suitable for almost all lowering spring sets and standard sports suspensions / Noticeable plus in safety and street performance with parallel spring change (lowering) / Dynamic performance with high comfort potential

BILSTEIN B4
Maximum safety through high power reserves / Optimum driving experience as on the first day / Highest OEM quality / Constant damping force under any load / High traction and precise handling through BILSTEIN gas pressure technology / Full product range with high market coverage and availability