My only experience with that was with my Dad's 71 280 SE. We opted to replace the (rather expensive) hydraulic ALS with an aftermarket unit that was about 1/3 of the price. I think it was a spring/shock unit. I'm sure the ride suffered a bit, but my Dad's wallet was thankful!
2009 ML350 (84K) - Family vehicle
2001 CLK430 Cabriolet (71K) - Wife's car
2005 BMW 645CI (124K) - My daily driver
2012 Mustang V6 (60K) - Daughter's car