Started hearing some rattling in the right rear about two weeks ago and at the time found that my shock was just shot. I figured I'd milk it along and order some new ones and replace them here soon. On the way home tonight, mid corner at about 45 mph, something snapped and the rear of the car lurched hard, almost like the lug nuts had come loose. I eased it home and raised it up to find the gnarly scene above. Seems to be isolated to the right side only, only minor rust on driver's side and NO cracking at all. This right side is gone. Nothing left, and structurally, I don't think there's enough to weld to safely, as it's all pretty thin and the cracks seem to extend.
Anyone else seen or heard of this happening? With the age, mileage and now this, I'm starting to think it's time to let it go. I love these cars, but it's starting to add up.