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Ls460L Air Suspension Rear Replacement Price Shock

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FYI to you if you are thinking of buying a Lexus with Airsuspension..

my 2008 LS460L rear suspension thumps while driving down the road- almost constantly. Rear Shocks are leaking (Air suspension - not the Spring Coil option), I checked them visually-yes I can see the grease . the car does raise and lower by 3/4" when the HEIGHT HIGH button is activated which tells me the air bladders are fine; just the shocks are gone. anyone want to guess the price for the part alone on these Air Shocks ? how about a cool grand each side !

w/o sport pkg

4808050153 Right Rear

4809050153 Left Rear

w/Sport pkg
4808050164 Right Rear

4809050164 Left Rear

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ridiculously insanely priced for a part that is only a tad more luxurious than the coil option and has a failure rate as common as a dollar store item.

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I've seen them on parts.com for about $800 and change; never tried to buy one though.

I don't know if I would characterize it as 'failure rate as common as a dollar store item'; they seem to generally last about as long as conventional shocks. My mechanic told me my front ones were leaking and I figured I would wait for the air bladders to actually fail; I'm still waiting (it's been 2 years). The ride doesn't seem any worse.

The Mercedes and Jaguar units are closer to $2k; and try googling the horrors with the W220 Air suspension (fried compressor, failed springs, trashed suspension etc).

You could also try an air spring conversion kit; I didn't see one one Strutmasters but they run about $1500 for all 4 springs for the LS 430; if you call them maybe they can help.

Or try this place; although I don't know about the remanufactured springs:

http://www.suncoreindustries.com/Lexus-LS460-AWD-2009-2012-suspension.php

ridiculously insanely priced for a part that is only a tad more luxurious than the coil option and has a failure rate as common as a dollar store item.

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Yes I did look at converting it over to springs but wasn't comfortable with the idea; I like to keep it stock. Thanks

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