hey, thanks for the pics! Not near the car at the moment, but I'm pretty sure those rubber pieces are missing.
You know, we love the wagon, and just recently I upgraded the sound system and performed a lot of routine maintenance myself, which was very satisfying. It's just the right size for us and the two dogs, and of course, it carries a mountain of stuff in the back when needed.
And when it was very cold last week, the car was stone quiet, even with 109K. I was actually looking forward to the 10 degree mornings just so I wouldn't have to listen to that noise!
I'll keep on it until it is right, as you say. I just ordered rear sway bar bushings and links, for a weekend project, and I'll lube and tighten the top of the shocks.
1995 MB E320 Wagon
2001 BMW 530i
2007 MINI Cooper S (!)