I believe someone said it should be changed every 50 thousand miles, or 80 thousand kilometers.
As for the difference, vibration is down a noticeable amt (80% or so). Also, I have not yet really had the chance to drive it all that much to see how it does over potholes and the like, but I did go out tonight and it did seem smoother over bumps and such, not that much, but still smoother.
The old damper was worn and I could pull it and push it very easily, whereas the new one I had to put some effort into pushing and pulling it. It probably has never been changed on my car.
Definilty worth it. Only costs $25 dollars and super easy to replace; only 2 bolts. I suggest it.
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