That wasn't aimed at you in particular. I was looking for a timeline of when different people bought their quickstruts and installed them. It's possible that Monroe has done something about the issues recently and wanted to see when they were purchased. Just thought it would be interesting to see the data regarding date purchased/longevity/problems when they occurred etc.
02-14-10 purchased 71667 and 71668 (just the struts, not quick struts) and the Monroe upper and lower mounts 903901 along with K160033 strut bellows. Used stock springs and polyurethane isolators.
03-19-2010: Installed the above
06-15-2010: Both assemblies start making the bad mount noise
06-21-2010: Ordered quick struts 171667 and 171668
06-26-2010: Installed quick struts
06-30-2010: 171667 makes noises. 171668 is fine.
08-14-2010: New 171667 Quickstrut with OEM mount installed.
12-17-11: Quick strut 171667 with OEM mount on left goes bad
12-21-11: 171667 installed at Midas with lifetime warranty
01-3-12: Full quick strut 171668 with quick strut mount on right goes bad
01-7-12: 171668 installed at Midas with lifetime warranty
So the longest I've had a quick strut last me is the 171668 and it lasted from 6-26-2010 to 1-3-12, so 19 months. The 171667 with OEM mount lasted 16 months. Never had any problems with any shop getting my alignment dead on in spec.
I got a refund of $245.16 for the first 71667 and 71668 struts that I installed 3/10.
I got a replacement quickstrut 171667 from rock auto on 8/14/10 and I installed the OEM upper/lower mount parts on it:
04782018AB which was $77.15 shipped
04782016 from Hayes for $55.63 shipped
0782238AB bumper cup for $12.55.
Alignment - $74.97
I got a refund of $220.00 from Monroe for the above
I got a refund of $530.98 being sent to me from Monroe for the Midas part, install, and alignment of the 171668 that lasted 19 months.
So total spent on all was:
Set of quick struts plus alignment = $413.78
OEM hardware & 2nd alignment = $220
Midas left and right installs = $449.34 + $448.00 = $879.37
Total refund = $996.14
So basically I'm out $516.64 + a lot of time and headache, and I'm left with a set of quick struts with lifetime warranty which if they go bad again, Midas can install them.
With that said, my rear OEM mounts are making noises, and they have a pair of 801669 Monroe struts themselves which set me back $99.58.
A new set of rear Monroe quick struts runs around $260 shipped. Should have just went all new in the rear to begin with instead of only replacing the struts themselves and the isolators. Not that it matters,
as I'm sure those will only last a year and a half also before they have to be replaced...........