So I have been hearing a metallic rattle on my recently purchased 37,000-mile 323is coupe and I finally tracked it down to the rear right wheel area. So I take off the wheel and I find the bottom end of the coil spring in two pieces... and there is only a 1" contact area on which the spring rests! Apparently I bought the car like this because the pieces are rusted over the sheared faces. I can't believe I have put about 1,500 miles on the car without noticing it. The car doesn't lean or handle strangely in any way. The only indication was the sound of the small pieces rattling around between the inside of the coil and the plate. Has anyone else had this problem? How does this happen? Obviously this is being taken care of right away, but it just seems really strange to me. Any info would be appreciated.