Suspension issues, fix, get lower miles Element, get something else
Our 2006 EX 2WD Element (209K miles, 75K of them from me in last 3 years) apparently needs new rear struts and has cracking in the bushings on the rear trailing arms.
I was told the rear trailing arms would cost $1000 each side just for the parts in order to replace the bushings, or I could get used ones from a 100K Element for $1450 all-in with labor and rebalancing.
The struts are another $1000, incl labor for the two of them.
- Get a new garage (any suggestions in bay area/peninsula/south?)
- Get a lower mileage Element
- Get something other than the Element (a Pilot? a Kia Soul?) and put up with our inability to carry back drywall and 2x4s from Home Depot or with a Pilot, ever to find the car in the parking lot again.
- Just suck it up and pay
My husband is concerned that "the price of Element parts is rising because they don't make them any more and these parts are going to become more and more expensive and the repairs less and less affordable". How bad is that part of the situation?