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    2004 Deville strut/shock replacement

    How do you know if you need electronic suspension for the front assembly? I need to have my front and rear done and want to buy the parts myself, since my shop quoted me over $1000 for parts. I'm guessing the base Deville is not electronic in the front? So 2 MONROE Part # 181685 and 1 KYB Part # SR1002 should be all I need to bring to my mechanic, right?

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    Re: Which rear shocks do I need? 2004 Deville

    Look on the rpo code sticker, it's on the spare tire cover in the trunk, if it says "FE1" then you don't need the fancy shocks

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    Re: Which rear shocks do I need? 2004 Deville

    I saw FE1 in the first row of codes. I guess I'm good to go with the non-electric front assembly and the self leveling back. Thanks

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    FWIW, FE1/FE3 technically don't tell you weather or not you have active suspension. Those RPO codes are soft/touring suspension (springs/anti roll bars). Active suspension is either F45 (CVRSS) or F55 (MagneRide). The absence of both = passive suspension. However, in the case of the Deville, active suspension wasn't available with FE1.

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    Re: 2004 Deville strut/shock replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by ronswanson View Post
    How do you know if you need electronic suspension for the front assembly? I need to have my front and rear done and want to buy the parts myself, since my shop quoted me over $1000 for parts. I'm guessing the base Deville is not electronic in the front? So 2 MONROE Part # 181685 and 1 KYB Part # SR1002 should be all I need to bring to my mechanic, right?
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    want to buy the parts myself,
    since my shop quoted me over $1000 for parts

    IDIOTS -

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    I'm guessing the base Deville is not electronic in the front?
    correct -
    the ONLY 2000 to 2005 Deville with electronic - "active" - suspension is the DTS -
    the BASE and DHS models are passive - front and rear -

    don't confuse ACTIVE or PASSIVE with ELC - Electronic Level Control - in the rear -
    ALL Deville - Seville - and Eldorado models have ELC -
    whether they have "active" or "passive" systems -

    the Monroe 181685 is the economatic "quick strut" -
    a completely assembled unit - and a pretty good choice -
    $75.69 - each - with free shipping -
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A1ATZ3MAARQNEF

    the Monroe 171685 is the SensaTrack "quick strut"
    a little more expensive - but better riding unit -
    $112.81 - each - with free shipping - WELL WORTH THE DIFFERENCE -
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A1ATZ3MAARQNEF

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    and 1 KYB Part # SR1002 should be all I need
    to bring to my mechanic, right?

    NO - NO - NO -

    DEFINITELY go with the Monroe MA822 rear shocks -
    a FAR SUPERIOR shock compared to the KYB -
    not to mention a better value -

    $58.35 - with free shipping -
    http://www.partsgeek.com/32syvb4-bui...ber.html?fp=pp

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    PLUS -
    there is a $30 REBATE if you buy Monroe struts and shocks -
    but HURRY -
    the rebate ends June 30 -

    here is the form -
    http://www.monroe.com/assets/downloa...ate_WEB_US.pdf

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