Shock-ing question

Brett Dikeman brett at
Sun Mar 10 00:33:11 EST 2002

At 7:54 PM -0500 3/9/02, Chris Covington wrote:
>I like my Boge Turbogases myself.  Not harsh, I believe they have a
>lifetime warranty of some sort but I'm not sure, and not too expensive.
>I don't buy the Bilstein "good for life" thing.  At twice the price, for
>me, I'd rather change Boges every 75K, or whatever, then trust a Bilstein
>with 75K on it vs. a Boge with 0K.  I've seen a lot of posts on this board
>and the s-car-list of blown Bilsteins...

My personal/family experience and knowledge goes completely contrary
to all of the above.

I've never heard of a blown Bilstein nor any reliability
problems(until now), and I've run the 200q20v list from the start.
One of the reasons I specifically selected the Bilstein/H&R combo
because so many others had as well...I would have remembered such
problems if I had come across them during my research.

Are you thinking of Konis?  They have an astronomical dead-on-arrival
rate(as in, they're blown before they even get installed); every
mechanic I've talked to says he thoroughly inspects/tests them before
they go into a customer's car because of the reliability problems;
further, my father has personal experience with a Koni adjustable
that died within a few hundred miles of installation in his 944.  It
actually caused the airbags to deploy when he hit a pothole.  I think
he should have sued for damages(two airbags, new dash, new
windshield...not cheap.)

Way back when we had the 5000, the Boge replacement shocks purchased
from a dealer failed within a year of light use; the dealer refused
to honor the warrantee on them for some reason(don't remember why.)
My father never set foot in Pass&Weiss(not sure I'm spelling that
right) again.

"They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin

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