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After over thirty years of using Monroe shocks, I won't buy, nor recommend them any longer. After replacing them several times (with the lifetime warranty), on my old cars, I give up. I'm tired of replacing them even not having to pay for exchanging them. At first I was thinking that since my cars are old, I'm still buying from a "bad" batch of them that were produced and still being depleted.
If I'm not mistaken, the original struts on the '04-'06 GTOs were sourced from Monroe. And lots of the '06 GTOs had leaking struts.
Perhaps I'm the lone consumer of the bad products, but I've trusted them for so long and endured countless hours changing and exchanging them that I'm done with them.
My advice to anyone replacing MacPherson strut assemblies would be not to worry with a quick strut unless the coils are actually sagging due to rust or seriously excessive mileage.
My experience has been in both Atlanta and Montgomery that any Meineke or Midas will swap the new struts, that you provide, onto your old coils for $15 a pop. That is, you take your two entire front MacPherson assemblies with the old struts and the coils still in compression to them and $30 later your new struts are on your OEM coils.
I don't have any interest in using a coil spring compressor for safety reasons and I wouldn't advise any other shade tree mechanics to try. But hey, exhaust shop folks will do anything.
1985 Toyota Cressida, restored plus Supra guts: 5-speed, LSD, and wheels
1996 Oldsmobile Ciera wagon with LG8 engine, swaybar, STB, 16x7 GM wheels
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OEM sounds like a better idea than trying the kyb after reading all these responses. The Springs are new oem springs anyway, they would just need to order everything else.
I wonder what company makes the OEM struts that go on the Cobalt LTs?
'07 Subaru Forester 2.5X 5MT. Bought new. 164k miles. '05 Dodge Durango Limited Hemi AWD. Mom bought new. 90k miles. '74 Buick LeSabre Luxus convertible. 455/7.5L, Quadrajet, dual exhaust. '89 Buick Reatta. 3800 SII L67/F40 six speed swap to be completed someday.
'87 BMW K75. Pichler V1 fairing. '87 Kawasaki 650SX. '85 Bayliner Capri 1952. 3.0L OMC. Restored. '71 Chris Craft Coho 33'. Twin 327QA's. Basketcase but restoration in progress. '70? Amphicat 6x6 AATV. 13 hp Honda swap.
Does anyone know what brand the oem struts and shocks are for the Cobalt LT1 suspension?
Delco makes a ton of stuff with both the GM number and Delco number right on the box. We can get that stuff 20-30% cheaper from our Delco jobber than we can the dealer.
We use "aftermarket" parts all day long. Granted, we stick to major names highest grade only such as Moog, Monroe, SKF and of course Delco.
"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
Well, 2 months after filing my complaint with the BBB Monroe responds-the mechanic didn't charge labor for swapping the struts out 8 times so what does the customer want?
How about reimbursing me for all that time and aggravation? I wasn't asking for a lot either, just the cost of the struts and installation. My car developed a front issue issue after having the front end dropped so many times and it still hasn't been resolved.
I am filing a complaint with the Attorney General and using social media to make sure no one gets screwed by Monroe like I did. What a garbage company. Knowingly selling a defective product, not recalling them, then lying to both me and my mechanic about the problems with them.
My mechanic is going after them as well for all the labor they performed for free.
I am going back for the 10th time and they are going to replace everything with oem parts.
Their shocks suck as well. I have new ones on the rear end installed the same time as the struts and they bounce and make noise.
I bought these quick struts and I've been back to the shop 5 times with complaints about the rough ride and this started only after installing the quick struts and its not anything else causing the problem so don't be convinced to spend money chasing other problems Monroes ride like a tank go with dealer parts and be through and pleased. My car rode good. Now its all over the place and any shop or mechanic That doesn't know this as fact isn't any good.
Yep, went back to oem struts and that fixed the problem. I don't have the car anymore but it's the last time I go with Monroe for anything
Hello all, new to the site,
I recently had to replace struts on my truck as the first set of Monroes were defective, upgraded to the new redesign(additional high cost), still getting some clunking and not so great hadling. Front end is all new except upper ball joints which the dealer will check out. Thinking of replacing to OEM design with Bilsteins.
I have my own way of strutting. Why should I ask a former President about it?
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