1998 Forester L 5MT
Just curious, how long are the struts and springs supposed to last on an SF and an SG Forester?
I bought a set of takeoffs with 40k on them, and put another 40k on and they're far past "shot". I paid 200 for the set, so it was about the same as buying just 2 new struts, and it included all the springs tophats etc. I wouldn't spend much on 60k struts, I'd try to stick to something with no more than 30k. (with 40k there was already some rust beginning to form).My car has 141,000 miles on the clock and is sagging in the back, worn out right front shock too. I bought it with 108,000 and have no idea if those parts were ever updated but I suspect not. I've got a good deal on springs and struts from an '05 Foz lined up, these have 60K on them. Sounds pretty good, sure they're not new but it'll still be a great improvement over mine right? I've read that SG suspension on my SF will slightly improve handling with its stiffer springs and its even a little bit taller. Sound about right?
Salt. It really just ruins everything on a car. I also abuse mine quite a bit. Higher mileage struts would be fine if you're going to beat on the car, but if you want an upgrade for performance handling, the lower the miles the better. Anywhere they use salt I wouldn't get anything over 30k miles. The thing that ruined one of my current struts is the slight corrosion on the strut cap has started to scratch the strut rod which ruins the internal seals.How odd. I just sold my 55k set and it looked clean as heck after the dirt was cleaned off. Still felt good too. No complaints from the WRX Wagon owner using them to rally now.