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Gen1 shocks & struts

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Has anyone changed out their shocks & struts for their gen1s and if so, at what mileage did you do it? I’m at 85k miles at the moment, but the car feels like new when going over bumps (though maybe it just seems that way since wear is gradual over time).
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I don't know what counts for severe use to determine the frequency of the ATF change, but I did it on my 2013 that is now 5 years old and at 54k miles. It was $169 and I'd consider it insurance against any transmission issues later down the line. I think others have waited until 90-100k miles and commented that the fluid still looked good even at that mileage, so to each their own.
Any new DIY mechanic that changes fluid on a typical car automatic trans always freaks out over how dark the fluid is. That color change is due to normal clutch wear. Yes, there are clutch disks within the automatic.

There are a few clutch packs in the Gen 1 transmission but for the majority of drivers they should experience virtually NO wear, thus no darkening or discoloring of the fluid. But just because it looks good doesn't mean it's not worn out.

(I'll admit I'm talking out of my area of expertise here so feel free to flame me)

I suspect the only way to know if the pretty fluid is still OK at high mileage is to have an oil analysis.
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