Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Strut Replacement Question
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?
Thanks for any advice