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Strut Replacement Question

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I recently bought a Concorde to replace my Intrepid that got totalled in March.

I got quite a nice deal - just 85k miles and bodywork in great condition and a reasonable price. Thing is both front struts need replacing. I have an independent mechanic work on my cars - he does a very reasonable job and happy to use parts I source myself which really keeps the costs down compared to a regular garage.

So regarding the struts, on RockAuto I found some reasonable KYE struts but just the lower section without the spring etc. With the fairly low mileage, I'm thinking I'd like something with some durability and these seem to be that.

Unfortunately, my mechanic wants me to get the whole strut unit including springs. For my budget I would need to get something cheaper - econo struts - and I don't think these would have the same durability. I'm wondering if someone can advise me of the trade-off here? My concern is rather that my mechanic would just find it easier to replace the whole unit and he would benefit from future work anyway if they don't last. Maybe my concerns are misplaced?

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KYB Quickstruts are less than $150 ea on RockAuto. That includes the Strut, spring, isolators, etc,If that's too rich for your blood...don't know what to tell you.
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Hi

thanks for the thoughts. I've looked on rockauto.com and can't seem to locate KYB Quickstruts. Are you thinking Monroe Quickstruts?

Thanks..
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Check other LH models from 1998-2004. They all fit. If RockAuto is sold out of KYB Quickstruts....Don't know what to tell you. They frequently Sell Out then get them in stock a few weeks later.

Maybe do a general search for 1998-2004 LH KYB Quickstruts on the internet and see what other sources pop up.
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I guess my question was reaching more to a technical issue.

If its always better to replace the whole unit spring and all, then why can are you able to buy just the lower section? If it's not always better, under what circumstances are you able just to use the lower section?
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If you dont trust your mechanic, get another mechanic. If you live out of the rust belt, you can probably replace just a worn strut... if the car has seen alot of snow and salt, best just to replace it all.
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My mechanic normally does an excellent job but its just human nature from time to time to recommend what's convenient rather than what necessarily the absolute best for a customer.. Happens with even the best service around.

I live in the Canadian Maritimes and with the ice and snow we get (12' of snow last winter) this is probably what he's thinking of.

Thanks for the advice, just looking for the rational explanation..

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