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My GS430 bonnet struts are getting a little tired.........OEM or aftermarket, what are peoples experience?

I nearly always replace items with genuine Lexus parts but having been quoted £135 per side I'm undecided.

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Lexus don't make 'genuine' ones anyway - they'll be KYB or some such. And they don't really affect the operation of the car. I'd get aftermarket - they'll be way cheaper and probably just as good. Doddle to fit.

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I too used SGS and were very good this firm even regasses your struts if you want and quick turn around I had my boot struts regassed a few years ago was virtually retunn of post

very impressed

 

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15 hours ago, johnatg said:

Lexus don't make 'genuine' ones anyway - they'll be KYB or some such. And they don't really affect the operation of the car. I'd get aftermarket - they'll be way cheaper and probably just as good. Doddle to fit.

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Cheers John, good arguments for aftermarket👍

15 hours ago, ColinBarber said:

Agree with John.

When RockAuto have replacement ones made by Sachs for £8.53 (plus shipping and duties), £135 just seems a bit too much.

This was my thinking, aside from mark-up I'm struggling to justify OEM on this occasion, will investigate RockAuto.

13 hours ago, Ompa said:

I bought these a couple of months ago:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LEXUS-GS-2005-2012-Hood-Struts-Gas-Springs-Lifters-x2-SET-/141870196674?_trksid=p2349526.m4383.l4275.c1

I am very satisfied with my purchase - easy to replace and works like a charm.

Thanks for the link, will look into these.......any drama's with fitment or fitting?

11 hours ago, rich1068 said:

Bought some for the LS from SGS Engineering. Very good.

Cheers Rich👍

2 hours ago, KayCee said:

I too used SGS and were very good this firm even regasses your struts if you want and quick turn around I had my boot struts regassed a few years ago was virtually retunn of post

very impressed

 

Again, will look into SGS, thanks for your input.

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11 minutes ago, johnatg said:

Yes - I bought SGS boot struts for my IS250 - they certainly restored the spring!

Mine are more droop than spring, looking at their site now!

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Took mine into SGS as they are local to me, dropped them off and collected later in the week.

First repair was no good they were more sloppy than when I took them in, 2nd attempt and super fixed. I can release the bonnet catch and lift the bonnet maybe 3 inches and the struts open it gently from there.

Must be 2 years since they were done now and still working fine.

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Thanks Steve. I have emailed SGS who replied quickly which is a good sign, slightly concerned if they send repaired/re-gassed struts and they are faulty (as your 1st set) I will have a second lot of P+P but not ruled them out as they seem to have good feedback. Looked on RockAuto as well and a pair of Sachs Struts shipped will be around £30ish (could be more if it customs get involved). Both options far more affordable than OEM. Thanks everyone👍

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1 hour ago, BarneyTT said:

Looked on RockAuto as well and a pair of Sachs Struts shipped will be around £30ish (could be more if it customs get involved).

If you select one of the courier options, all the taxes and duties are paid up front so no delays or hidden charges (it should be clear which ones include all the charges or not). If you select US postal then once Royal Mail get involved they will collect the taxes and charge you an admin fee for the privilege.

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15 hours ago, ColinBarber said:

If you select one of the courier options, all the taxes and duties are paid up front so no delays or hidden charges (it should be clear which ones include all the charges or not). If you select US postal then once Royal Mail get involved they will collect the taxes and charge you an admin fee for the privilege.

Thanks Colin, useful information, I'll keep that in mind if I use RockAuto👍

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On 10/5/2020 at 6:05 PM, BarneyTT said:

...with genuine Lexus parts but having been quoted £135 per side I'm undecided.

Think they were misunderstanding you and quoting for the shock struts, ie shock absorbers for suspension! That is bonkers 😲😬🤯

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55 minutes ago, Upex said:

Think they were misunderstanding you and quoting for the shock struts, ie shock absorbers for suspension! That is bonkers 😲😬🤯

That's a 'good' price, a standard Lexus dealer would quote you £146.

https://www.lexuspartsdirect.co.uk/parts/lexus-gs/lexus-gs-phase-iii-2005-2012/lexus-gs-3-exterior-interior/lexus-gs-phase-3-o-s-bonnet-strut/

Crazy world!

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By way of an update. In the end I took a punt on a used pair from ebay, the seller was breaking his GS450h. Including P+P they cost me £35, they are now fitted and the bonnet longer drops onto my head!

Appreciate everyone's input and help👍

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On 10/9/2020 at 9:22 AM, johnatg said:

Ha-ha! Don't even ask how much a shock absorber would cost!

😥 I need 2 front shocks, just had mot and although she passed (no oil leakage so not a fail 😊) she was described as "as Bobby as a barge, how do you drive her" so I replied "fast, flies over the bumps then and no bobbing" 🤣

Not bad considering her age and miles, 06 on 170k, and considering I think I killed the shocks when changing the bearings on the transmission pump, as left her up on front axle stands for a few months 😬 got stuck with some other things that prevented me from finishing the pump. And as had to do rear shocks a couple years ago as leaked.

BarneyTT, glad you got some sorted for sensible money 👌🤞

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