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Old 01-04-2014, 06:02 PM
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Inexpensive but reliable shock recomendation

I have a 1999 ML 320 with about 178K miles on it. Front Bilstein shock broke right off the the bottom bolt, so I don't want Bilstein again. Other Bilstein is fine I think I put them on in 2005, so they worked for a while.

Can anyone recommend reasonable quality shock that is inexpensive
but will fit and fuction well?

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Old 01-05-2014, 11:03 PM
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Honestly it looks like the bottom of the shock broke off due to rust. I have always had good luck with Bilstein shocks.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:20 PM
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Yeah, looks like rust. Nothing to blame on the shock.
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:13 AM
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The other shock works and looks fine. So maybe they only treat a certain number of their shocks to be corrosion resistant.

I bought a new pair of Monroes for about $126. That will have to do for this vehicle which has 177K miles on it. They seem better at this time than the Bilsteins, probably because they are new and I did not notice the Bilsteins were worn out.
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Old 07-05-2017, 12:57 PM
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I just put some Monroes on my 04 ML350. At 172K my factory shocks were well worn. About $100 out the door from O'Rielley's Auto Parts.

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