Last year I was told my 2003 DTS needed new $truts. Before I had the 2003 DTS I had a 2001 Deville and preferred the way it rode over the DTS's firmer suspension. I asked the Cadillac dealership if I could replace the struts with the Deville/DHS struts not only because they were cheaper but because I wanted the softer ride. I was told that I couldn't because the car would think there is something wrong with the suspension. I now realize that a Cadillac dealer is not going to be able to convert your active suspension into a passive suspension with resistors to fool the computer or even admit that such a concept is possible. But at the time without doing much research I impulsively had just the front ones replaced because they were leaking and making noise at a cost of over $2000. I was told the rear were worn but weren't as bad as the front ones. Then six months later after I had spent several thousand dollars on other various problems (LED switches, constant EVAP leaks, motor mounts, wheel hub assemblies, blah blah blah) I really began to regret wasting $2000 on the firm riding front struts. So I decided to put some Monroe passive air struts for a base Deville on the rear. They fit just fine but since they didn't come with any resistors I get the Service Suspension System/ Speed limited to 90 mph message all the time which I already knew would happen. So now I have a firm riding front and a soft riding rear. I really want to put passive struts on the front now but can't bring myself to waste perfectly good very expensive electronic struts. So I was wondering if I simply unplugged the front struts would they then be the same as having passive ones or would they have no damping at all? In other words, are the two struts identical except when the active ones are plugged in they constantly change firmness whenever necessary or are the active struts completely useless if not plugged in?