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Old 02-07-2009, 10:18 AM   #1
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Manroe shocks for E36??

Has anybody used the Manroe Sensatrack shocks for your E36?? I am looking for an option for my daily drive 328is. I can get the Fronts for about $140 and rears for $85..
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:30 PM   #2
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Yes sir

I bought a pair of rear Monroe Sensa-Tracs last year, and am very happy with them. I wanted to test them out first before replacing the fronts, which I bought a few weeks ago (www.rockauto.com) and will be installing when the weather turns nice.

I was weary at first as Monroe is a very Canadian Tire/ Pep Boys type brand, but when I needed to replace my OEM M3 Sachs/ Boge shocks, I didn't want the extra ride stiffness or cost of Bilsteins or Konis.

The factory Sachs shocks are usually good for about 60-100 K, and my logic was that the Monroes should be able to do the same thing, or even more, provided you don't use them with lowering springs.

To summarize, if you're looking for OEM performance, at 50% less than OEM prices, buy the Monroes.
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:42 PM   #3
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THanks for you input.. I am in the same boat.. but your comments are encouraging.. Do you mind stating how much you paid for the F/R from Rock? also how does the shipping etc. work out to.. I am in T.O.

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Old 02-07-2009, 09:40 PM   #4
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Fronts and rear

If memory serves, the fronts were $350 taxes and shipping included, and the rears were $200 all in.

Rock Auto charges GST and ships FedEx pre-paid, which means that your purchase includes the duty. A good deal.
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Old 02-08-2009, 02:46 AM   #5
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hey guys i got 4 monroe sensatrac for my e30 they were about 60 dollars a piece. i use to work at hamburg honda in the falls and i still use the dealer discount. at the local automotive warehouse. it's in the falls tho that is the only issue the monroe sensatrac struts are 50% off or at least that's what i paid for them and they are new in box. if anyone is interested i could hook someone up

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Old 02-08-2009, 02:53 AM   #6
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monroe is respectable brand, my car's(audi TT) comes with monroe strut and shocks from the FACTORY(of course it would be tuned to manufactuer's specifications but).
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:55 PM   #7
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I have them on the rear of my car and they handle great for the price. Bought new from rock auto and one blew pretty quickly, but they replaced it with no questions asked.
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Oh..

...stay away from the Monroe-matic. Sensatracs are the only ones worth buying.
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:54 PM   #9
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I had sensis on a Cadillac ETC, as a replacement for the $400 (EACH) electronic shocks. They worked quite well. I don't know if they are stiff/damping enough for the bimmer though.
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:11 PM   #10
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There is a difference between Monroe sold in Europe and Monroe sold in NA.
Monroe has rather good rep in Europe, but nowhere near Billstein or Koni.
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:02 PM   #11
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So most of you guys would agree that they are good OEM replacement shocks?? I am looking to replace them very soon, and I just want to daily drive my car and want the OEM drive and feel.. Would love to lower it just a tad bit though... but will be using my stock existing springs..
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So most of you guys would agree that they are good OEM replacement shocks?? I am looking to replace them very soon, and I just want to daily drive my car and want the OEM drive and feel.. Would love to lower it just a tad bit though... but will be using my stock existing springs..
How do you plan on lowering it with your stock springs?
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Old 02-13-2009, 01:07 PM   #13
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actually I don't plan on lowering it... i would "love" to, but probably not a good idea as I driver over 100 kms every day.. all year.. So the plan would be to just use the existing stock springs. Hopefully they're ok after 250K Km's on the car right now!!!
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Old 02-13-2009, 03:30 PM   #14
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Get some H&R Sport.. they won't slam your E36 but get rid of most of that fender gap. Very easy to live with on a daily basis.. Hell, I drove my E36 daily (and now my E46) and both cars are slammed to the floor lol.
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