I noticed the front suspension making rattling noises as I drive, so I told my mechanic. He says the front shocks and springs are leaking and will need replacing. But he says it does not need to be done right away-he says I can wait a couple months. He quoted me a cost of $1200 parts and labor to do this. Is that a fair price? I had to switch mechanics and go to the Volvo dealership now. They are higher than my old mechanic and sometimes I wonder if they are over charging me. Can anyone help? They are also charging me $585 to replace my windshield wiper motor. Is that a good price?
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2000 Volvo S40
Question: Replacing front shocks and springs
Answer #1mastertech6371 January 26, 2011, 10:56Master
you can try our estimator area to see what the prices are.
Answer #2ZeeTech January 26, 2011, 12:02Master
$585 is a high price, the OE motor cost $317.70 and the labor is an hour.
If you have the front struts replaced, make sure you will use the new style, updated strut mounts with the bushings. It's available from Volvo. Repair stores are still selling a knock-off of the old version.
Replyczarina8662, January 27, 2011, 13:26Rookie
I spoke with 2 other shops and one said he only uses Bilstein parts and his quote was $850-900. The other shop uses KYB parts and his quote was $660 to 700. The second gentlemen said also, that the springs hardly ever need replacing-which the dealership said I need new springs and shocks on the front. I use my car daily but only on the highway-work, errands, shopping, etc. I never take it on road trips or anything crazy. So which brand should I go with-Bilstein or KYB?
Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, January 27, 2011, 17:56Master
Unless the springs are really corroded with rust, or broken, they don't need to be replaced.
Either shock will be sufficient for your needs, in fact, I would go with the Volvo OE parts if the price is comparable.