You can examine the "strut mounts" on top and look for separation in the mount the rubber will be cracked almost all the way through. It is not that tough a job, within the scope of a backyard mechanic.
Severe harshness in the ride could also be the front A-frame bushings, lower ball joints, or you may feel losesness in the steering linkage, with over 200k mi. The A-frame bushings are better left to a pro.
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