My 02 Maxima has 122+ miles on the clock and the shocks are shot! Bouncy, bouncy, up and down, ka whunk, thud. Embarrassing if not dangerous. I've been researching various brands of complete units and thinking of installing them myself.
My local mechanic/garage wanted $1400 to install 4 new ones and the local Nissan dealer wanted $1100.
The prices I've seen online for 4 complete "loaded" units range between (approx) $200 to $250-300 for non big brand names. No Koni's, Monroe. Gabriel, Biltsteins(?) etc., but Oredy's, Detroit, Million Parts, Moca Auto Parts, Prime Choice, Drive Tech, Eccppk, and other obscure or unknown (to me) brands. These are bolt in units. 5 bolts for the fronts and 3 bolts for the rears. Tools seem simple. Jack, jack stands, sockets, breaker bar, torque wrench, etc. Removal and installation seems straight forward enough that even I could probably do it.
And I'm an Expert,....I've watched all the videos on YouTube. (LOL)
So, what do you think or know or advise about these obscure brands? Should I take a chance on them? They're probably all made in China or some other place. Will I survive another couple thousand miles with these off brands?
I no longer drive like a maniac Mario Andretti, so I probably don't need Koni's. I'm good for about 80 or 90 MPH and then I slow down and put cruise control on. It's not the Interstates,...it's the side streets with the pot holes, railroad tracks and drainage ditches that are the problem.
Thoughts, suggestions, advice, expert opinions, family wisdom?
This old senior citizen thanks you.