Hmmm... my second choice would be Koni but I don't see them having a
listing for your car either. I guess the typical LeSabre buyer doesn't
care much about crisp handling. (not a knock at you personally,
I am running cheap Gabriels on my old Studebaker and they are OK but
don't really blow me away. I've had bad experiences with KYB FWIW.
I replaced all 4 OE "Dyna Ride" struts with "Monroe-Matic Plus" struts
by Monroe. Did not change the springs. Made a huge difference. Car
still has a decent ride, but the heaving, wallowing, and bottoming - all
the unnecessary wheel movement - are all gone. No need to spend big
bucks on that "go fast" crap. A '97 LeSabre is about as far away from
sporty as you can get, and a set of Konis or Bilsteins is about as
useful as socks on a rooster. Save your money and disregard all the
foolish blather you hear about so-called premium brands. "Everybody
knows" that American stuff is crap, the expensive imported stuff is
absolutely essential, blah, blah, blah. B.S.! A set of Monroe struts
will make your Buick ride comfortably and handle securely, exactly like
a big, comfortable American sedan ought to have from the factory. It
won't be a Ferrari, but if you imagine that ANY aftermarket product can
turn a Buick LeSabre into a ride that will satisfy your secret daydreams
of being a boy racer, well ... seek counseling.
I've never tried Monroes, but I have heard that Gabriels are infinitely
preferable in terms of durability from several usually reliable
sources. The price is about the same so I've never had any reason to
try the Monroes.
That said, I did get a bad out of the box Gabriel shock for my '55
Stude, but i have to give them props for still making them (although a
70's Camaro shock can easily be modded to fit a later Stude.) AutoZone
promptly exchanged the pair however so no harm no foul.
PUT DOWN the PIPE !!!
Where in "I'm looking for a "touring" or firm ride, not the "soft" ride"
do you see "secret daydreams
of being a boy racer" ???
YOU should take a reading comprehension course or see a shrink yourself.
If you can get KYBs for your application that is the way I would go. An
excellent value in a high quality shock when available for your
GM factory shocks and struts wore out rapidly on our 2003 Oldsmobile
Silhoette. Unfortunately KYB didn't offer a replacement for those.
If LaSaber is a family car (I think it is) I would go with Touring.I had
Touring on my Buick skylark and really enjoyed my ride. At the miles you
stated in the email I would replace the shocks/struts.They will also help
you during braking (keep you from nose diving) and will allow full control
of your vehicle.
Todd A. Delk
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