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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-03-2016, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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How Long Did Your OEM Struts Last? My Car is a 2005 LS

Just bought my 05 and it only has 31k miles on it. But I know OEM struts usually don't last long. What is your experience?

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Mine went bad around 60k miles, some people have gotten a lot more than that out of them before though. Just replace them when they are bad, not really any set mileage that they go bad at

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My rear springs were snapped and the shocks had very little rebound by the time they came off at ~60k miles. Put 10k on FE5 hardware and Pedders springs (shocks/struts seemed fine, rear springs rusted out) before I sold the car.

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I've heard that it's recommended to replace them every 50K miles. I replaced mine at 44500, and noticed an improvement in ride quality instantly. I also switched to the FE5's that PJ mentioned with some new Canuck Motorsport springs, so that might be what I'm actually feeling.


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mine are still good and i got 150k on my 06 balt, original equipment almost all around, only thing ive really had to replace was the hub assemblies, replaced them twice in a year and a half until i put the Moogs in.

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Mine lasted to around 70,000 miles before the front right strut started making noises.

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"mine are still good and i got 150k on my 06 balt"
That is amazing if they are still good. Never had OEM shocks or struts last that long. Of course it depends a lot on road conditions and driving habits.

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Mine were fine when I swapped to FE5s around 45k miles or so.

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I'm at 142,000 miles and still on the original struts. As long as the car's not bouncing after you hit a bump, they're fine.
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104k mile 2007 LS sedan. 3 struts are fine, front driver side is blown. Needs new control arm bushings too. Shitty front suspension design, sway bars are solid though.

On the other hand, my 145k mile 2000 ford ZX2's factory struts are still fine. Not as much rebound as new but it passes the bounce test. I've driven it hard for 5 years too.

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