Hey, I see nice yellow Monroe hidden in there! It's not rusty (yet)!
Just yesterday I was turning out of the driveway and heard this huge POP-Sproingggg noise. I thought it sounded like an upper strut bearing sticking. Got home last night and pulled the wheel and found a half-circle chunk laying on the bottom strut spring cup which came from the top of the spring. So now the spring is riding right on the sheet metal rather than the top spring cup/strut bearing.
What pi$$e$ me off is I just had the whole thing apart not 8 months ago to replace the struts and looked at that spring - the coating was missing and it was rusting pretty good there. I thought "I bet that's going to bust right there pretty soon". Well, I didn't have time nor the new springs to change them, so back together it went. At least the car waited until spring to "spring".....
Funny thing is that my first car, a 1980 Rabbit, also broke a front spring, found when I took it in for new struts. My second car ('93 Saturn) never had a problem in 156,000 miles with springs. Now my third car ('02 Jetta TDI wagon) busts a spring. Must be a VW thing....?!?!?
I find it amazing that I've only had 3 cars in 23 years of driving.