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Question Monroe's "Econo-Matic" Vs "Original Quality

My poor bull is starting to get SAS.

On RockAuto, Monroe Original Quality rear quick struts w/taxi package, and front Economy quick struts is $401 shipped.

Same rear suspension (sticking with it) with "original ride quality" front quick struts is $477.
So, is it really worth the extra $76 for "original quality"?
This is my DD, no expenses are really spared with it. I put Monroe Econo-Matic front quick struts in the Sable and have no concerns with it. Just don't want to replace it sooner than "Original Quality".

TIA, took me a long time to save up for this.

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Never heard much good about the longevity of Monroe anything to be honest. My Monroe's were junk not even 30K later, and that's iN SC. Maybe quality has improved, but SensaTracs for a guy I know with an 05 are already junk,

I would give your business to KYB if you can for the fronts. And for the rears, do the Taxi Package. Rears are easy to deal with anyways compared to the fronts.

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I've read that KYB makes a stiffer spring which is better IMO. Original ride is way too soft for me. Lots of dips and bumps here, a smooth road is a needle in a haystack. Flat roads arent common either so I think I'll try KYB in the front since the front bounces a lot. Monroe is the only one to offer the taxi package.

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Stay away from "Monroe-matic" strut combo's. I put them in my Windstar and the strut mounts make a hell of a noise. I have to replace them 3 years and about 25K miles later.

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Never heard much good about the longevity of Monroe anything to be honest. My Monroe's were junk not even 30K later, and that's iN SC. Maybe quality has improved, but SensaTracs for a guy I know with an 05 are already junk,

I would give your business to KYB if you can for the fronts. And for the rears, do the Taxi Package. Rears are easy to deal with anyways compared to the fronts.
Agree on KYB ready struts. I put them on my '03 Sable sedan, very nice, one more coil on the spring. And they come in L and R like OEM so the sway bar links will not bind like Monroe with R on both sides. I have seen them at the JY, bent/broken sway bar link on the L side.

My only issue with those struts was:
They had way too thick paint on the bottom where they engage the knuckle. Had to sand it off after a trial run and they did not go in right, just pealing paint.

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No one seems to make good struts these days. I put in a set over a year ago, but they had SAS whereas the previous set didn't. Sensatrak have a lifetime warranty and the eco ones have a very limited warranty, either 90 days or one year. Anyway, I find out that there's a defect in the struts so Monroe sent me a new set and also sent me a tag for the old ones. So I put the new ones in a few months ago. Now I'm starting to hear some clunking noise in the rear. Mechanic thinks it the strut mounts in the rear. So here we go again. There's also bad reviews here about the KYB. I think I'd try Moog at this point. The fronts I did a couple years ago and they've been ok so far, but again lifetime warranty, the first set the mounts started making noise after 20-30k, but I didn't really know it was them until I changed the struts and the noise went away.

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I have installed Monroe Quick Struts from Advanced Auto on two of my Taurus. The rears on one are four years old and are still good and the fronts are three years old. They were good so I installed them on my 2006 all round this year.

As far as the sway bar link binding, it didn't seem to bother me. The issue on the sway bar link attachment is it is shaped like a C channel, so one side is ok but the other side could interfere. I added a washer and all is fine.
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I have installed Monroe Quick Struts from Advanced Auto on two of my Taurus. The rears on one are four years old and are still good and the fronts are three years old. They were good so I installed them on my 2006 all round this year.

As far as the sway bar link binding, it didn't seem to bother me. The issue on the sway bar link attachment is it is shaped like a C channel, so one side is ok but the other side could interfere. I added a washer and all is fine.
Good thought about the washer on the sway bar link. I was thinking, if I had to deal with it, I would take my angle grinder to the bracket. It seems way over sized for it's use.

I have KYB on both my '03 Sables and my '02 Lin Cont. All seem good. Did have a round with KYB on the struts (not with springs). Missing top nut in the pack. They could not supply a replacement nut, out of stock. Odd size so I ordered ebay nut, $5.50 delivered, 2 days. Rockauto offered to take the struts back but I need to get going.

My '01 Sable original struts, BJ, sway bar links, tie rod ends, all in good order. 130K.

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If you go Monroe, I'd recommend the black Sensatracs, not the blue Economatics.
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Thanks to all the replies. Im surprised to find moog as the cheapest front quick strut. I would love if it was a lot more firm than original so i don't bounce around so much.

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