For, what is it, $11, even the Scan Tech endlinks aren't an immediate no-no. This is a part with a very low mean time between failures, intended to be replaced often, and it only takes a few minutes. It's also meant to be the weakest link.
For no more than $30 shipped, I'd slap a set of endlinks into it and see what happens.
1997 850 GLT sedan, 152K and WHOOHOO!
RIP 1996 850 wagon, 201K, hit by a runaway 4-wheeler
RIP 1996 850 GLT sedan 5spd, 260K, rearended someone
RIP 1986 245 boring, 200K, rusted beyond inspectability
RIP 1981 242 turbo 5spd, 300K, serious teenage crash