I have had a pleasant day in my new shop building working on the front end of "Bolt" (2002 White)
Replaced all of the front end bushings except Pan Hard Rod.
Got some nice ones on Ebay. 80 bucks complete and all hardware was British, rubber parts were good looking Indian made.
I have been aware the poly bush's were failing for some time, but the only symptom to show up was recently, when the front axle rotated at about 80mph whilst slowing down, and the front U joint cross pieces rattled on the flange.
Had a look, and stopped driving it pending my shop being built. (Hot here, and did not want to work in the sun)
Basically the Poly bushes which are about 8 years old, but have maybe 20k miles on them turned to blue gummy powder.
In the photo of the whole group, you can see one black rubber bush from the rear of the control arm which is a factory original. Still serviceable!
So much for the claims that they can outlast factory by 5 times! HA!
Oh, and these have not been used hard off road, nor have they been subjected to any kind of salt, chemicals, or petroleum products. Just water.