Poor Ride/Handling Due to Worn Suspension Struts on Pontiac Aztek

The front struts may show signs of wear, or be excessively bouncy ride at freeway speeds. This may begin to occur at around 75,000 miles.

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Average mileage: 119,666 (76,000–198,000)
5 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005
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2002 Pontiac Aztek198,000
Told schocks and struts need to be replaced and have waited for about a year,which had less miles on it then of course.This car has only cost me about 2000.00 in repairs since I purchased it in Oct. 2003, some rust now but will keep driving it. I love my Aztek !!!!
Vehicle slowly developed the characteristic looser handling, steering vagueness, bounce/crash with road impacts, increased noise, and more body lean indicating likely worn front struts and back shocks. Did self-exam and could feel lack of rebound control from boucing vehicle. An OEM shock showed leaks. Ordered online, installed by local mechanic. Amazon sent right struts and wrong shocks; problem was rectified quickly. Total price excellent. Monroe struts/shocks much more harsh than OEM with same not better control.
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