Sorry to say that the work won't be happening today - arrived at the garage with family in-tow in another car, to find that the garage was expecting me to provide the parts!!! How they figured that I have no idea - my booking e-mail was quite specific stating that I would like powerflex bushes fitted (by the garage). They quoted the parts as "supplied" but didn't actually state that it was me that they were expecting to supply them!! No apology or anything near it - worse, they claim to of never heard of Powerflex and had "no contacts" that could supply them so would "do a search on the internet". A pretty poor show I'm afraid and I won't be going back. Sulk!
However! not to be defeated, I have my car booked into Thorney Motorsport on the 30th Sep for an assessment of the car and recommendation on the way to go. The chap at Thorney was very helpful and suggested that replacing all the bushes was not always the right thing to do and for a quick 1hr check they will advise me what bushes I should change. Interestingly, he did say that the rear trailing-arm bushes are most commonly the issue on E46s and that the rear balance of the car has far more significant effect on steering than most people would of imagined. Sounds good and for the sake of about £60 I will get a genuine motorsports team to look at my car and help "set it up". That may sound a little over the top but if nothing else it will reassuring to have people with this background tell me what I should be doing to produce the effects that I'm looking for - its rather like having your own race engineer for an hour ..and that in itself is very cool and ticks all the schoolboy boxes thank you very much!!
More on the 30th...!