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Old 10-17-2014, 12:16 PM   #1
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Angry 2013 ZL1 Both Rear Struts are BLOWN (44,000 Miles)

I just replaced both rear struts at almost $1000 for the pair of struts (no labor). I have just over 44,000 miles on the car. Here are a few pictures of what I took out !!

Has anyone else had the same issue??
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:22 PM   #2
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no warranty????
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:24 PM   #3
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no warranty????
GM gives a 3 Year OR 36,000 mile warranty. Read the original post above (44,000 miles)
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:47 PM   #4
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You didn't need to cut the wires...you can "depin" the weatherpack. I had mine out yesterday and they were dry. I only have 13K miles.
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:14 PM   #5
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I didn't have anything on hand to get the old pins out of the connector so I improvised.
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:08 PM   #6
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Somebody else had posted the made it 60k or so, and that GM told him that they don't last long.
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:09 PM   #7
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Out of curiosity, besides the obvious wetness on the struts, did something else make you look at them? Like, did you notice anything changing in the ride quality or handling? I ask because I've been fighting a weird rear suspension problem and the dealership hasn't been able to find anything.
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:13 PM   #8
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70000 km is not bad.
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Old 10-17-2014, 03:15 PM   #9
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Sounds pretty close to the life I got out of normal struts in my other GM vehicles.
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Old 10-17-2014, 03:26 PM   #10
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Out of curiosity, besides the obvious wetness on the struts, did something else make you look at them? Like, did you notice anything changing in the ride quality or handling? I ask because I've been fighting a weird rear suspension problem and the dealership hasn't been able to find anything.
Yes, I noticed the ride of the ZL1 was more like a bagged and lowered Honda Civic with NO SUSPENSION. My butt feeling was right on, I had ordered the struts long before I noticed the wetness on the struts. It was almost not drivable. It felt like riding in a car with square wheels !!! It's a shame that GM cannot buy product that will last more that this and and on top of that charge almost $1000 for 2 struts is a bit extreme !!
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:05 PM   #11
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are there no aftermarket versions for replacements?

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Old 10-17-2014, 04:14 PM   #12
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are there no aftermarket versions for replacements?

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I didn't find any so I replaced with the new part # from GM: 20942614. I did have the GM Wholesale part guy tell me that the OE numbers that were on the struts didn't come up in their system at all as being a good part number. Makes me wonder if GM knew the parts were not up to par and put them on anyways !!
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:24 PM   #13
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I guess at times we just have to deal with it. I ended up with an 1100.00 mistake, the rear end tail happy kind of mistake! I had to replace the LCA and have two wheels repaired. I would hope I get the same mileage out of my struts. How long were you expecting them to last?
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:39 PM   #14
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I know you are upset, but they are a wear item. 44K miles is a tad bit premature, but it's not out of the question:

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The short answer? Experts recommend replacing shocks every 50,000 miles (80,467 kilometers), but a great deal depends on how you treat your vehicle's suspension.
http://auto.howstuffworks.com/under-...hocks-last.htm
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