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Old 09-15-2019, 12:00 AM   #1
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Default New Vue Owner, looking for advice on struts and other stuff

Hey all,

I'm a new Vue owner - I got a 2005 2.2 ecotec Vue with 150k on it and an extremely blown up engine. I stuck a 43k mile motor out of a 2006 Malibu in it. It's a 5-speed and the transmission appeared to be OK so I threw it back in there.

I just got it fully driveable and noticed the struts aren't so hot - I'm wondering if the springs on these hold up also or do they generally last the life of the vehicle....

or while these are out is there a spring/strut combination or kit that you all recommend?

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Old 09-15-2019, 07:03 PM   #2
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Default Re: New Vue Owner, looking for advice on struts and other stuff

...I believe Monroe makes a strut mate kit that's a bolt in /out deal , then get it aligned, DC

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Old 09-20-2019, 07:22 PM   #3
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Default Re: New Vue Owner, looking for advice on struts and other stuff

Numerous posts about people using quick struts and then the ride height being off. Or maybe that was for the Redlines? I don't remember, but the springs should last a long time so no need to replace them.

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Old 09-21-2019, 06:19 AM   #4
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Default Re: New Vue Owner, looking for advice on struts and other stuff

On my 2003, I replaced the shock strut portion only, I re-used the springs mounts, etc..

Front wheel bearings replaced, they started to growl pretty bad. I tow my Vue behind my motorhome so the bearings have about 40k miles more than the odometer says

Consider replacing brake hoses at same time you do the struts. (at least the fronts) these are a weak point and cause brakes to drag.

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Old 09-21-2019, 11:32 AM   #5
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Default Re: New Vue Owner, looking for advice on struts and other stuff

I actually had a broken spring on my 05 in the rear.

It was over 200k when I discovered it and it had been running with low-to-no dampening for lord knows how long.

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Old 09-22-2019, 05:49 PM   #6
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...Nobody makes a quick strut for the RL , when I replaced mine I resused the spring only,bought kyb's and the strut mount with new, as for a regular vue ,I would go with the quick strut. If you reuse your spring and just buy the struts, make sure you replace the strut mounts also, you have it apart already . That way there's no question about them binding on turns or popping noises.DC

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