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Went to Sears Auto today because my 03 Tahoe is riding a bit flat with 48,000 miles and new tires in Dec 04. I called around and Sears has the best deal going by far! Got 4 Monroe Reflex shocks ($58 each) + free installation for $250 total with tax! Everyone else in South Orange County, CA averaged $400. Free installation until Sat. 2-26 makes this a good deal for anyone who needs shocks.

Nice OP... too bad I don't need any shocks...
However... your car seems pretty new... why new shocks?

bonvoyage said: [Q]Nice OP... too bad I don't need any shocks...
However... your car seems pretty new... why new shocks?

Must have money to burn is all I can think of. No vehicle that new needs new shocks.

Maybe he got it in 2002 and puts plenty of miles on it. Car that heavy on bad roads for plenty of miles could be ready for new shocks by now ... maybe ... but probably has more life left in the old ones. I'd guess it's just preventative maintenance encouraged by a dang good price. Might pick up a set for the GF's corolla.

Thanks OP!

Free install is hot, but do they install strut for free?

serval said: [Q]Maybe he got it in 2002 and puts plenty of miles on it. Car that heavy on bad roads for plenty of miles could be ready for new shocks by now ... maybe ... but probably has more life left in the old ones. I'd guess it's just preventative maintenance encouraged by a dang good price. Might pick up a set for the GF's corolla.

Thanks OP!

if your girlfriend has a corolla you might be better off getting kyb gr-2's. Most small to mid size japanese cars use kyb as an oem, and eBay prices tend to hover around 170 shipped for gr-2's

How many hours do you think a shop would charge to install the kyb gr-2's? I'd do it but I don't have the extra tools or the time <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border=0>

Thanks,

bonvoyage & Viffer - No money to burn here, but like serval mentioned, we bought the Tahoe at the end of 2002 and do quite a bit of traveling (rough mountain roads too) and have 48,000 miles on it now. It did ride a little smoother when the factory tires were new, but we put some recommended Bridgestone Dueler H/L tires on this past December and it's riding a little rougher now. Could just be because the roads are shot from all the rain here in CA, but I'm tired of listening to DH complain about the ride so I found a deal that makes us both happy. $250 is a cheap price in this girl's mind since we spend so much time in the car together!


all168 said: [Q]Free install is hot, but do they install strut for free?

I think struts were 30% off the usual installation price. Give Sears a call for a quote.


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Hello there,

It also depends on the quality of the original shocks. I think trucks uses old style shocks,
for which Sears has free installation.

With some cars that use shocks in the back, Sears will not do free installation, like Jetta.
They claim those are struts to avoid free installation. I am not sure if this is a bad thing
for the public out there.-)

Good shocks contribute a good deal to road control especially in bumpy roads, so I would not wait
till they totally fail at 100K like my Honda Civic's. I went for the cheap route, bought the
front struts from eBay (Monroe), bought the Autozone Gabriels on the rear, and paid a local
guy $40 a piece to install. The difference was night and day. Now, I can hit 95mph and not get
nervous. If I had the money and foresight, I would prefer KYB perhaps with a set of springs. I had to replace
the front springs with OEM springs (they were broken) anyway.

Athlonnut

bonvoyage said: [Q]Nice OP... too bad I don't need any shocks...
However... your car seems pretty new... why new shocks?

Athlonnut said: [Q]Hello there,

It also depends on the quality of the original shocks. I think trucks uses old style shocks,
for which Sears has free installation.

With some cars that use shocks in the back, Sears will not do free installation, like Jetta.
They claim those are struts to avoid free installation. I am not sure if this is a bad thing
for the public out there.-)

Good shocks contribute a good deal to road control especially in bumpy roads, so I would not wait
till they totally fail at 100K like my Honda Civic's. I went for the cheap route, bought the
front struts from eBay (Monroe), bought the Autozone Gabriels on the rear, and paid a local
guy $40 a piece to install. The difference was night and day. Now, I can hit 95mph and not get
nervous. If I had the money and foresight, I would prefer KYB perhaps with a set of springs. I had to replace
the front springs with OEM springs (they were broken) anyway.

Athlonnut

bonvoyage said: [Q]Nice OP... too bad I don't need any shocks...
However... your car seems pretty new... why new shocks?

wow... I need to put you on my addy book... since you have lots of knowledge on cars...

I believe Sears only charge $10-15/shock anyway. Regardless, I still think it's an awesome deal.

Which Sears did you go to?

Shocks are easy to replace but if they install free it is even easier. But since most of the strut require spring compree, it is more difficult and take more time to do. I believe Toyota use KYB as OEM part, but I heard monroe will last longer, not sure if this is true or not.

Thx OP, I saw the Sunday paper for the same deal. I just didnt know when the deal ends. Does anyone know a good shock for Isuzu Amigo? My Amigo got 100k miles on it and it really ride bumppy nowadays. This jeep still rocks cuz it can run from 40mph to 95mph side by side with Cadillac escada truck, but I lost him after 115mph cuz oil line shut off. Anyway, I think my shock is all gone it really rides scray at 115mph with 100k miles on it. So, anyone please advise me a good truck shocks. I really need to get this free labor deal... thx.

blkrsm said: [Q]Which Sears did you go to?

I went to Laguna Hills, CA mall Sears Auto. They were very nice. I did have to special order the Monroe Reflex shocks and give a deposit to get the deal even though they won't arrive until next week.

dezigner1 said: [Q]blkrsm said: [Q]Which Sears did you go to?

I went to Laguna Hills, CA mall Sears Auto. They were very nice. I did have to special order the Monroe Reflex shocks and give a deposit to get the deal even though they won't arrive until next week.

Watch for the deal next week...when I bought my last set at Sears, mine had to be ordered also...by then the deal had changed to $$ off, they were great there and combined the current $$ off and the free install....

Viffer said: [Q]bonvoyage said: [Q]Nice OP... too bad I don't need any shocks...
However... your car seems pretty new... why new shocks?

Must have money to burn is all I can think of. No vehicle that new needs new shocks.



i have a s10 blazer and noticed a big diff in ride at 40k miles.....i had them replaced at 45k cuz one blew so i decided to have them replaced. all the shops around here claim shocks should be replaced at 50k, i dont know if this is true, but at 40k the ride was crap.

There is currently a promotion for $20-@80 back from Monroe as a 'comeback' certificate depending on what you buy.

Monroe Link

Just makes the deal sweeter beast! Thanks for the link!

smilingbeast said: [Q]There is currently a promotion for $20-@80 back from Monroe as a 'comeback' certificate depending on what you buy.

Monroe Link

poisonz said: [Q]Thx OP, I saw the Sunday paper for the same deal. I just didnt know when the deal ends. Does anyone know a good shock for Isuzu Amigo? My Amigo got 100k miles on it and it really ride bumppy nowadays. This jeep still rocks cuz it can run from 40mph to 95mph side by side with Cadillac escada truck, but I lost him after 115mph cuz oil line shut off. Anyway, I think my shock is all gone it really rides scray at 115mph with 100k miles on it. So, anyone please advise me a good truck shocks. I really need to get this free labor deal... thx.

Monroe, I just put a new set in my 99 Rodeo. I got them for $32 each, installed them myself in about 30 minutes.



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