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Old 05-21-2009, 12:04 PM   #1
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Air Suspension, it's good until..



Navigator has air suspension which makes the ride super comfortable no matter how the road is, but if anything goes it's pretty $$ to fix it. I just had to replace one air cylinder (so basically suspension for one corner) and it's just over $1500

No wonder some swicth to "regular" suspension as soon as something goes wrong.
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:59 PM   #2
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gotta pay to play...you out of all ballers should know that
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Old 05-21-2009, 01:05 PM   #3
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gotta pay to play...you out of all ballers should know that
Haha I'm not really complaining, I'd never take out the air suspension and put in shocks/struts but I can see why some people do it..
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Old 05-21-2009, 01:11 PM   #4
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It's from carrying all those gold bricks in the back.
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Old 05-21-2009, 01:16 PM   #5
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Last week I went to get rear tires changed and after telling the guy 3 times to turn off air suspension I ended up doing it myself, but he didn't use hoist and ended up using two jacks to lift the rear end. I'll have to ask tech at the dealership if that could've caused the damage..

PS/ I did carry a very heavy BBQ in the back two days ago..steel, no gold
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:36 PM   #6
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Yeah that's what always happens. The BMWs with hydraulic suspension all inevitably bust open and then it's like riding on spindles welded to the body. ONE SLS shock is a grand, so people just plug up the hydraulics and put in some good aftermarket shocks. Being burnt before that's why I made sure my 4Runner didn't have xreas. Toyota or not, it will eventually fail and it'll be really annoying to ride in, difficult and expensive to fix. I know the limiteds with the air self levelling rear suspension already have problems. Salt gets into the leveling sensor, making the system perpetually think you're too high, and droop the ass.
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:23 PM   #7
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Ya, LR's suffer from lots of air ride related issues too. Really one of the few things on those trucks that are a PIA.
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my grandfather just had to replace the compressor in his 02 envoy the rear end is factory bagged it cost about 1,400 dollars..
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Old 05-23-2009, 01:30 AM   #9
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Air ride or not, those trucks are expensive to fix...My Expedition rear end has 4 control arms at $270 each, and trailing arm at $290...All have bushings that go bad over time...So just changing those is $$$$...AND no Ford dealer had them in stock, must be ordered from the US and it takes 3 days! Sucks when you need it done yesterday!
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Air ride or not, those trucks are expensive to fix...My Expedition rear end has 4 control arms at $270 each, and trailing arm at $290...All have bushings that go bad over time...So just changing those is $$$$...AND no Ford dealer had them in stock, must be ordered from the US and it takes 3 days! Sucks when you need it done yesterday!
ouch.. i had to do the control arm on my jeep one place quoted 500 for the part the other quoted 320 i think ..i cant rem any new vehicle is bs for parts
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Old 05-23-2009, 11:05 AM   #11
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I'm so used to these prices (which is really bad). Whenever I'm at the dealership/mechanic and see people go crazy that they have to spend $200-300 on a repair..knowing it would be well over $1000 for me for the same repair.

Air suspension is crazy though, many parts are dealer only even the tech working on ,my navigator was surprised by the bill. According to that to replace whole air suspension it would be at least $7500
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:57 AM   #12
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Having spent lots of time driving a Navigator from Kitchener to Florida, gotta say the air ride is worth every penny. So smooth, reduces driver fatigue and the lil ones fall asleep really quickly too.
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Iam working at a Ford dealership as a driver and i got to drive a 2008 Navigator, its the most comfortable ride i ever had ! And good handling considering its size and weight.
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