How to Choose the Right Struts/Shocks for a 2012 Sonata

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Oliver William Davis asked 5 months ago
Hi! I'm contemplating replacing the struts/shocks on my 2012 Sonata, which has clocked around 135,000 miles. I plan to sell the car in about 25,000 miles. I've found several budget-friendly options: FCS, Monroe, and KYB from RockAuto, and TRQ from 1A Auto. The KYB ones are notably more expensive - double the price of others. Is the price hike justified by better quality? Also, should I consider replacing the rear coils, which aren't broken yet, while I’m doing this work?
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 5 months ago
Hey there, Oliver! Great question about struts/shocks selection for your Sonata - with how many options there are on the market, it's always a good idea to be selective and make sure you find the right one. Here's a breakdown of your options:
  1. KYB: Known for high quality, often recommended for its longevity and performance. A bit pricier, but they can be a worthwhile investment, especially if you seek a balance between cost and quality.
  2. Monroe: A budget-friendly choice. Some users report satisfactory performance, but others have encountered issues like internal faults leading to noises. It's an option if you're looking to save costs and not aiming for top-tier performance.
  3. FCS & TRQ: Less prominent than KYB or Monroe, but can be viable budget options. Quality can be hit or miss, so they're suitable if you're prioritizing cost over longevity or performance.
Regarding your side question on rear coils, it's generally advisable to replace them if they show signs of wear or if you're aiming for a comprehensive overhaul. However, if they're in good condition and you plan to sell the car soon, you might opt to leave them as is. In summary, if you're looking for a balance between cost and quality, KYB seems to be a favored choice. If budget is your main concern, Monroe, FCS, or TRQ could suffice. Remember, you often get what you pay for in auto parts. Feel free to reach out with any more questions! Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team