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    Do Magnetic Ride Shock units wear out or go bad?

    I have a 2006 STS 1SG with Magnetic Ride (Delphi MagneRide suspension control system) shocks. In my following of the forum I have not seen the answer to my question, which is, do the Magnetic Ride Shocks wear out or go bad? If they do go bad, is there a reason or timeline? If they need replacing off warranty, any idea of the cost of each? Do they have to be done in pairs like regular struts or shocks?

    Thank you for your answers in advance.

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    Re: Do Magnetic Ride Shock units wear out or go bad?

    They do go bad. They are very expensive to replace. They wear out just like anything else. How long they last depends on how badly you abuse them. I've seen $1300-$1600 quoted per pair. I'd expect to replace them in pairs.
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    Re: Do Magnetic Ride Shock units wear out or go bad?

    I have the F55 suspension in my C6 Corvette, which is basically magnetic ride control. This has been discussed in-depth on the Corvette forums, and everything I have read says the system is extremely reliable and not prone to fail or have problems. It is expensive to replace should it fail--about $1500.

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    Question Re: Do Magnetic Ride Shock units wear out or go bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Force-1 View Post
    I have the F55 suspension in my C6 Corvette, which is basically magnetic ride control.... It is expensive to replace should it fail--about $1500.
    Does it FAIL (covered by warranty) or WEAR OUT (not covered).

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    Re: Do Magnetic Ride Shock units wear out or go bad?

    I am not an STS owner, but joined the forum to research and was wondering this exact question... holy crap that's expensive.

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    Re: Do Magnetic Ride Shock units wear out or go bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Curious George View Post
    Does it FAIL (covered by warranty) or WEAR OUT (not covered).
    I've only read about a few Corvette failures, and they were out of warranty. So far no C6 failures, only a few C5. The C6 F55 MSRC shocks are engineered for "the life of the car" so it could still be a while before we start seeing end of life failures on them. Cost for 2 pairs of shocks is about $2k!

    The system is so good that Ferrari pays GM so they can use the technology in their cars.

    Here are some photos from the Corvette. Note sending sensor on top of shock, and feedback sensor attached to upper A arm.



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    Re: Do Magnetic Ride Shock units wear out or go bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by shudog View Post
    I am not an STS owner, but joined the forum to research and was wondering this exact question... holy crap that's expensive.
    Lincoln Mark VIII = 4 shocks X $900 each plus labor. Computer extra.

    That is why you regularly see Lincolns with rear dragging on ground. New buyers cannot afford repairs.

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    Re: Do Magnetic Ride Shock units wear out or go bad?

    The major reason GM bought Lotus was to get Colin Chapman's suspension stuff like this.
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    Re: Do Magnetic Ride Shock units wear out or go bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by z06bigbird View Post
    Lincoln Mark VIII = 4 shocks X $900 each plus labor. Computer extra.

    That is why you regularly see Lincolns with rear dragging on ground. New buyers cannot afford repairs.
    No kidding!!! I always just assumed that was the "style" here in Detroit...

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    Re: Do Magnetic Ride Shock units wear out or go bad?

    $2k is DIRT cheap compared to the complex and expensive repairs on some German and Japanese cars with fully active suspension systems. Magneride is a fantastic bang for the buck, even when it breaks.

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    Re: Do Magnetic Ride Shock units wear out or go bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by shudog View Post
    No kidding!!! I always just assumed that was the "style" here in Detroit...
    The chuck holes in the Detroit area roads destroyed my air schocks in my'91 Continental. They had been fully replaced under warranty (at 49,500 miles - the dealer's shop wanted the repair money from Lincoln). I put 25K in the Detroit area when working there and the shocks were fully wrecked by the Detroit-manufactured pot holes. My bottom was dragging. I traded for the first 1997 Buick Park Avenue in Houston - a much superior ride - and Houston had no chuck holes. Same for Dallas. No chuck holes.

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    Re: Do Magnetic Ride Shock units wear out or go bad?

    I made a couple of work related trips to Ann Arbor, Michigan and I couldn't believe how bad the roads were in the rust belt. Some of the most heavily traveled freeways and expressways had concrete paving that had been scabbed over with asphalt that had broken up and left an unreal collection of potholes. These would go on for miles and miles. I took the time to find alternate routes on less traveled/less damaged roads and found I made a lot better time. Whoever was in charge of road repair should have been hung by his gentitalia and sand packed in his @ss until the rope broke.
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    Re: Do Magnetic Ride Shock units wear out or go bad?

    Michigan has the worst roads ever, period. The state is about to go broke, literally. http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll...o-State-Budget

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    Re: Do Magnetic Ride Shock units wear out or go bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by shudog View Post
    Michigan has the worst roads ever, period. The state is about to go broke, literally. http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll...o-State-Budget
    Alaska has a $40 Billion savings account and returns the earnings to the residents of the state. This year the checks to every man, woman, and child will be $1654. It goes to show what government can do for you if you know how. When Michigan was riding the gravey train they could have invested the money rather than pissing it away on welfare to people that won't work.
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    Re: Do Magnetic Ride Shock units wear out or go bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lifer View Post
    I have a 2006 STS 1SG with Magnetic Ride (Delphi MagneRide suspension control system) shocks. In my following of the forum I have not seen the answer to my question, which is, do the Magnetic Ride Shocks wear out or go bad? If they do go bad, is there a reason or timeline? If they need replacing off warranty, any idea of the cost of each? Do they have to be done in pairs like regular struts or shocks?

    Thank you for your answers in advance.
    I certainly can answer that.
    They can and will fail.
    2007 Cadillac STS4, 59000 kms. discovered Failure 2010/06/28
    Both front shocks leaking.
    Replaced under warranty.

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