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    Default Front shock absorber life

    Car is a 2004 elite 2.2 direct estate with 55,000 miles on the clock.

    Am replacing broken front springs and whilst I'm at it also ARB bushes, disc & pads and drop links.

    I'm a great believer in preventative maintenance and intend keeping the car for a few more years so should I replace anything else at the front end whilst I'm at it? eg Shock absorbers and top strut bearing? Or should I just leave well alone?

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    My car (2004, 1.8) has now done 134,000 miles and all components on the front end suspension is original except for brake pads (changed once at 78K) and one road spring.

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    If I was doing that much work, I woudl be inclined to replace the dampers aswell, then the entrie shock assy' is brand new.

    Sods law says if you replace everything except the dampers, in two months time, the dampers will blow!!!

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    Default Front shock absorber life.

    I'm impressed by the reliability of Ste's car which makes me think that I should avoid unnecessary cost and leave the shocks.

    But then I'm swayed with Snapsnap's comment that whilst I'm in there I might as well replace them. (And indeed that's why I'm doing the ARB bushes and link rods. I'm swithering about the shocks because of their cost).

    Anyone else with comments on the life of their front shock absorbers?

    Thanks,
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    You may never have any trouble but if you believe in preventative maintenance it'll work out much cheaper to replace them now, when you're halfway there & it's convenient, rather than having them go when you haven't got the time & have to get a garage to do the job. Also, if you intend to keep the car, at least you will have the benefit of the new parts for a couple of years.

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    In addition to 'preventative mantanance' you might also get a handling/ride improvement with new dampers (something like Bilsteins).....

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    Ok new B4 shocks ordered.

    Thanks for the responses,
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    I was in the same quandry when a front spring snapped last month and 78k on the clock.
    I went for eibach's and Bilstein B4's all round in the end and am I glad I did.
    Car handles better and gives a smoother ride which is odd as normaly you have to sacrifice handling or comfort, this seems to be the best of both worlds.

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    All what has been said is valid, but I don't subscribe to the theory of changing servicable parts out of routine.

    If something fails, I will replace it, but not out of routine.

    Having said that, my front drop links and ARB bushes are getting a bit worn now and will probably need replacing fairly soon.

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