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    Question 2003 9-3 Front Suspension

    I'm replacing the front suspension on my 2003 9-3 and was wondering if anyone else has done this themselves and what parts you went with. I'd like to keep the same ride quality and height. There seems to be a big difference in costs like between "1Aautoparts" vs "eEuroparts" or other brands like KYB, Monroe, etc. The strut assembly from 1Aauto seems to be the best price, but does it give the same quality in ride?
    Any experience with this or feedback would be appreciated.
    Thanks!

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    Can't say the A1 parts will give the same ride quality as I've never driven a brand new Saab, can say that the strut assembly fits and rides better than bad struts with weak springs.

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    If you are keeping the car longer than say 5 years don't use Monroe's. I liked them but they didn't have longevity. On my wife's car they lasted about 5 years. Then I replaced them with Sachs.

    Parts quality can be hit or miss anywhere. I have to say I had problems with Professional Parts and Uro parts so far. Sometimes being cheap has not paid off for me.

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    Hey Digger,

    Have you bought a strut assembly from 1A Auto?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmc View Post
    Hey Digger,

    Have you bought a strut assembly from 1A Auto?
    Complete strut and rear shocks and they look like they will fit, also bought a boat this spring and haven't done anything but drive the Saab since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmc View Post
    Hey Digger,

    Have you bought a strut assembly from 1A Auto?
    Though I'd give you an update. Not sure if the struts are better than OE, but the strut package that includes new springs, bellows, bearings and plates made a huge difference. I opted for knocking off the line bracket that came with the strut and re using the OE bracket. Not so impressed with the rear shocks of the complete 1A Auto kit. Fine for normal driving, but did nothing to help with towing the boat and I'm still looking for rear cargo coil springs that will fit my sportcombi.

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