1996 Lexus ES 300 Long Term Road Test

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1996 Lexus ES 300: New Hood Struts

August 27, 2012

1996 Lexus ES 300

Back in July, blog commenter noburgers said: "You guys need to go to Amazon and get new hood struts cheap. I priced them out for you when you first reported the problem. Otherwise we will read how Phil or Ron missed work due to a concussion and scalp stitches, when that hood slams down on the back of their head. It takes only a few minutes to change one."

1996 Lexus ES 300

So far, neither Phil or I have missed work from a hood slamming on our heads, but the lack of working struts was still something that needed to be addressed. We could only use a golf club so many times before an accident happened.

I discovered these "Strong Arm Hood Lift Supports" in a Lexus owners' club forum post. I went directly to the manufacturer's Web site, but they were also selling on eBay and the shipping rates there were slightly cheaper.

The struts cost $14 each. The "out the door" price with tax and shipping was $37.07. For reference, the Lexus dealer near our office is asking $177 for each strut. Going the aftermarket route saved us roughly $350.

We're going to install these later in the week. I'm hoping it will only take a few minutes as noburgers forecast. Stay tuned for the DIY report.

Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 147,823 miles

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