2003 Toyota Highlander OEM struts vs. Monroe SensaTrack

Tiny
LKELL
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  • 2003 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 10,800 MILES
I need front struts and have estimates from the Toyota dealer and and independent repair garage. Estimates are pretty close so I would like to know if I am better off sticking with the OEM parts or if it is actually better to buy the after market Monroe SensaTracks, which the independent garage is recommending. I liked the ride of my Highlander up until the struts started to deteriorate so I don't want to change the feel of the ride.

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Thursday, October 21st, 2010 AT 9:33 PM

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Tiny
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Ok this is a matter of opinion but here is the best answer I can give. The manufacture of the OEM strut is KYB now a lot of parts stores do sell KYB as an option or some as there main source. Like Carquest sells KYB as there main brand. Now Monroe is a good strut too and is sold by Napa and O'reilys. Now if you like you ride and don't want any change then go KYB if you don't mind a good competive strut then go Monroe they both will have a lifetime warranty. Now do keep in mind that struts wear over time so when you put in new struts they are instant fix and tighten the suspension up a great deal so you find the ride will improve either way. I like KYB myself I hope this helps.
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Thursday, October 21st, 2010 AT 10:03 PM
Tiny
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To clarify further, I'm wondering if I should just go to the dealership and replace with OEM. Price seems to be very close, so that is not an issue.
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Thursday, October 21st, 2010 AT 10:29 PM
Tiny
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If the price is very close then yes just have the dealer install them and make sure they align it too and enjoy.
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Friday, October 22nd, 2010 AT 9:46 AM

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