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Q: shocks and struts on 1996 Volvo 850

I need to replace the rear shocks on my Volvo wagon, do I also need to replace the front struts? I live in Queens, NY and the roads are really rutted and bumpy here.
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Take the advice of the shop replacing the rear struts if they show signs of leakage, are causing strange tire wear, or performance of the shocks in front have deteriorated you should replace them. The 850 is a heavy car if they are original and you have higher mileage it may be recommended.
Patrick: Thanks so much for responding. I had front struts, stabilizer links, rear shocks and upper shock mounts put in at 74,111 miles in December, 2007. I don't seem to be having any of the signs of wear on the front but I will check it out.

Back shocks only lasted me a little over 3 years. Is this normal for those parts on exceptionally bad roads? My wagon is a 1996/850/GLT would age of the car be relevant?
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