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Hi Todd,

I have a 2001 Bonneville with 70,000 miles and love the car.  My mechanic (whom is very competent and trustworthy) is recommeding new engine mounts, and new rear shock absorbers.  I have noticed the car doesn't feel as "tight" and seems to hit bumps on the road more harshly. I will be taking the mechanics recommendations.  Question:  while I'm at it, should I also install front shocks.  Would that improve the ride?  Thanks!

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Hi peter:

unless the motor mounts are broken you not going to noise any change in the way it "rides" if is feels round sitting at a light then you may have a bad mount? , as far as shocks the rear ones do wear out on these cars and start to leak. with 70,000 on a 14 year old car it's not a bad Idea to change the front struts. but don't cheap out get original factory ones to get the same original car ride. good luck :-)

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General auto repair,electrical issues,driveability issues,anti-lock brakes,SIR systems,HVAC,engine performance,Gm specific. I have worked at my current dealership since the 1990 model year anything much older than that I have limited exposure to. I do not have very much transmission experience so those question you may want to ask of another expert. When you send me a question let me know the exact make/model/engine and year for the car or suv you have it makes it easier to answer the questions that way. If your happy with the answer I gave you please feel free to Donate. This is a free service to you and I am not compensated at all by this web site. I have 22 years of experience to share with you and my knowledge wasn't free to me. I had to pay for my education.

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Experience in the area: I have been a technician in GM dealerships for over 22 years and I am a ASE master technician. I work at a Buick and GMC truck store Previously I worked at a Pontiac GMC store for 18 years. I Served a a lead technician when dealership was on a team system. I just recently moved to a Buick,Hummer,Saab Store when my franchise was purchased by this dealership. Organizations: ASE master technician

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Education/Credentials:High school diploma,2 year vocational school degree 2 year college degree. Associates degree in applied sciences (auto technology)Awards and Honors: GMC master technician

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Master GMC truck technician Master ASE technician in 9 categories

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