Poor Ride/Handling Due to Worn Suspension Struts on Oldsmobile Alero

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 144,401 (90,000–230,298)
6 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004
13 people reported this problem
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Suspension issues. Car violently shakes in speeds excess of 55 mph or when applying brake pressure. Wheel bearings, tires and brakes have been replaced. Believe it is the Tie rod, front struts.
I increasingly heard grinding/groaning/vibrations coming from the axles when turning the car at low speeds (under 18 mph). I took her to my mechanic. He agreed that the struts and strut mounts are noisy on the vehicle, especially on the right. He says replacing the complete strut assembly with new strut, coil springs, and strut mounts. Total estimate: $818.70. Since the break pads and rotor will apparently need to be replaced and an alignment is needed, the total cost will be $1,432. I'm thinking I should put the money toward another vehicle. Any thoughts from the rest of you on this?