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    confused Rear shocks, Advice needed

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    Car: 56 plate Vectra C Estate Design 1.9 CDTI 16V with factory towbar

    Have a rattling noise from the rear, and so took it to a mechanic, got told that the drives side rear shock was gone.

    Said I should replace them in pairs so a total of £203 inc VAT (heavy duty as I sometimes tow)

    So I thought I would shop around just to check out prices, I then got told by another garage that the car has Self Leveling Rear Shocks and that only Vauxhall can supply the parts and once again need to do it in pairs and so a total cost of £750 inc VAT

    A few other places also said the same thing..

    So I went back to the first garage and got the car up on the ramps and had another look with the first mechanic.

    The shocks do not have any pipe work or electronic plugs going to them, just the bolt at the top and one at the bottom, The mechanic was confused.

    I got part numbers off the stickers on the current shocks

    GM 13208052
    314801619
    M36
    BB

    So called my local vauxhall parts and they confirmed that the part number 13208052 was a self leveling rear shock and cost was £287 Plus VAT (Total £688 inc VAT per Pair)

    And so I am confused,

    How can they be self leveling?
    Can I fit standard shocks, Will they fit?
    Will fitting standard shocks affect the car?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
    Steve

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    I think they're trying it on , my design signum doesn't have self levelling suspension , I replaced both my rear shocks for £70 took 10 mins a side to change


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    The estates can have self levelling. I know because I replaced a 29,000 mile one that was shafted on purchase of a 3 year old estate last year.

    That is the price, I had a pair of signum sachs stuck on, as I used the estate for space rather than load (if that makes sense).

    The sachs are o.k. but if my time constraints would have allowed, I would have picked the bilsteins (we couldn't source them in time!).

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    Log on to www.eurocarparts.com and then find the suspension section then enter your car reg no.
    Anything from £45 to £70 for rear shocks if they have a match go for bilsten shocks , they will last for twice as long as vx ones
    Driving vauxhall,s for 30 + years
    and still loving it

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    That is correct, the term is self-levelling, so there are no electrical components connected
    Equally, they are mighty expensive and specific to the Vectra C estate
    See :
    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=153616

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    That is correct, the term is self-levelling, so there are no electrical components connected
    Equally, they are mighty expensive and specific to the Vectra C estate
    See :
    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=153616
    So the question is: can I replace them with standard shocks?

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    See my post above: 7000 miles and counting so far, no problems...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreams3577 View Post
    So the question is: can I replace them with standard shocks?
    Do your existing shocks have rubber gaiters on them? That's a sign that they're the self-levelling ones. If you tow, you should probably stick to them rather than use standard ones. If you buy them at Trade Club prices and fit them yourself (20 minute job) you'll make a big saving over the prices you've been quoted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreams3577 View Post
    So the question is: can I replace them with standard shocks?
    Your choice really, depends on vehicle use
    If you only carry light loads within the vehicle then it won't be an issue
    However if you have a towbar then it is fairly essential

    Equally, the next owner may not be too keen and could even cause them an issue if they fit a tow bar

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