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Q: What exactly do I need to purchase when I need new struts on my car? on 2005 Honda Accord

I recently took my car to Midas for a routine oil change and tire rotation plus inspection and they recommended that I get all of the struts replaced, since the mileage on my car is at 78,000 without a previous replacement. Where can I purchase struts online? Do I need the whole shock assembly replaced or just the struts? What struts do you recommend for my car? (I would also like to maybe lower my car about an inch from stock; not enough to where I need to roll my fenders but would like advice on how difficult it would be as well as expensive for either lowered springs or coilovers) The mechanic gave me an estimate of about $1,168.42 total for both parts and labor.

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I agree with milesauto. Work at a Honda dealership , very rarely see them replaced under 120K unless factory defect(usually under 20K then) or been damaged/wrecked. Have you noticed any different or poor handling characteristics? Also fornt AND rear at the same time on that (in my opinion) is really unusual. Fear is a great motivator for sales----get a second opinion , even if it costs a minimal amount , just for a correct diagnosis , Plus the price seems a bit rediculous for a Midas shop-$1168.00 is more like the dealer price (and that would be Honda OEM struts. Good luck.
Okay, just that the Midas person said ~60,000 is the replacement mileage, which I thought was really unusual. Thanks for the help!
Yes, you can order struts online, you don't need to buy the whole assembly (unless it comes out cheaper considering less labor), Monroe, Gabriel or KYB are all good. Would not recommend lowering springs due to harsh rides, uneven alignments and tire wear. Midas mechanic estimate is on the high side.
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Get a second opinion from reputable shop....its unlikely that you should need struts at that my opinion.
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