On the 1999 Saturn SL2, this vehicle has “struts” all the way around. There are no “shocks” on this vehicle. The average life of a strut is roughly 50,000 miles. As for the “springs”, 99.9% of the time, the springs are very much reusable. Unless they are broken, there is really no need to replace them. They were designed to last the life of the vehicle. When replacing struts it’s always recommended to replace the “strut mount” at the same time.
The front struts sell for around $71/each. The strut mounts sell for around $49/each.
The rear struts sells for around $62/each. The rear strut mounts sell for around $49/each.
The Labor Time Guide calls for 2 hours to replace both fronts and 2.5 hours to replace both rears. Labor rates vary from shop to shop, so what you pay for labor will effect the bottom line. For a job of this type, a “fair” labor rate can by anywhere from $85-$125 per hour. After strut replacement it is strongly recommended that you have an alignment done. The price for alignment varies from shop to shop, but the average is around $125 – $175.
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