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How much should suspension replacement cost?

(1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette)
in Tucson, AZ on March 05, 2009
A repair shop gave me an estimate of $1800 to repair the struts & shocks on my '99 Silhouette. He said the cost is so high because its an "air" system. Can this be correct?? Before giving me the estimate he asked for the VIN number, which I thought was strange.
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on March 05, 2009
I would get another opinion. Why do you want to replace the Struts/Shocks any way? There are some Silhouettes with out Air Suspension and the parts are quite reasonable. He/She asked for your VIN to look up the proper parts, which is not uncommon. The VIN has different codes. You may also be able to put on conventional Struts/Shocks and do away with the Air Suspension ( if so equipped ). This is usually much more reasonable.
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on March 05, 2009
Please check out the price estimator at for cost estimates for shocks and struts on your Silhouette van. The cost of rear shocks will definitely be higher when you have air shocks. With most new vehicles it is almost always necessary to have the VIN number in order to get the correct parts. With the VIN number in hand the parts person will know all of the options the vehicle has.
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on March 05, 2009
Thank you Russ and dandd. Both answers help a lot. Based on dandd's answer, it sounds like I can do without air suspension. The repair guy also mentioned the possibility of a "conversion" kit, but he said that would only save me a couple hundred dollars. I will definitely get another estimate. Thank you!!
on June 15, 2010
I guess that was an estamste to replace everything in the air ride system? I instaled rear shocks on my mothers 92 buick park avenue recently. The shocks were air assist type at 60.00 each, it was about a 3.5 hr job for me and included the camber and toein alighnment!You might want to price the front struts at the local auto parts place!You probably could do the job if you have plenty of time,but if the parts are dealer items then you may need the dealer's assistance.
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on December 08, 2010
the air suspension replacement is a big costly thing. The rear in my 96 Oldsmobile aurora was going to be very expensive but instead i went to and got me a conversion kit and payed 297 dollars to fix my rear and now i got a life time warranty and dont ever have to fix it again,
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