I understand that the price is attractive, but I've been burned by cheap parts enough times to know better. Plus, FCP Euro's warranty is lifetime, so that beats out 10 years!MoVolvos wrote: ↑Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:02 pm I agree, but...
I think Volvo's design in general causes the parts to fail prematurely. I've read that even IPD's heavy duty ones have failed also. That being said if there is a 10 year warranty and the assemblies are all looking identical to the Sach quick struts I think I would take the chance at $162 for a pair of the whole assembly for the ease of installation.
Is the commute freeway only with a little street on nicely paved roads vs spirited driving with off camber turns on backwoods bumpy roads? Road conditions should play a role also in the decision. At $162 it's so tempting to just go for it.
That said, they're cheap enough to experiment. It's just not a place on my car where I would experiment... I've seen too many failed spring seats cause the strut rod to bust right through the hood, and who knows if these cheap units have the washer in place to prevent that. Plus the new springs will likely cause the car to sit unevenly.
I totally understand trying to save money when you need to, but take it from me... spend a little more once instead of having to spend a little less several times. It's not worth replacing them or going through the hassle to getting them replaced under warranty when you could have just used quality parts in the first place, which will last MUCH longer.