Originally Posted by finklejag
I was talking to the customer service rep. I asked him why the Bilstein sprints were double the price of their same shocks for the VW/Audi's. He said Bilstein USA has not come out with shocks for the US market yet. He said they weren't authorized to sell European market shocks in the US. They have to be tested for the US market first. He also said that there are different chassis's for European cars and US cars. This might be true for some makes, but SAAB uses the same chassis for all their cars worldwide.
I just can't swallow spending $500 over the normal price of Bilsteins. I can buy the shocks/springs and pay for the labor on another car for just the price of the shocks for SS. I don't know if Bilstein will bring these shocks to the US market or not.
Are you referring to the cost of the bilsteins as indicated in Genuinesaab's website?
They are definitely more expensive than the bilsteins for other applications. Generally, the price for new bilsteins that is supposedly a "brand new" catalog item for a late model car such as the 2003-2004 9-3 SS will be high. The bilstein prices for VW's are cheaper because the VW's models have not changed much over the past 5 years (chassis and suspension set-up) and thus very little development work by bilstein is needed.
Stock factory shocks are typically good for 40,000 - 50,000 miles (or at least 2 years) depending on driving conditions. Thus aftermarket shock manufacturers do not actually start producing in large quantities for these late model cars, until a time which they feel that customers will be looking to replace them.
There are not as many SAABie's in comparison to VW racers who typically mod their cars the moment they got it.
For myself, I am leaning towards Koni's (incidentally, Abbott tuning already has them on sale for the 9-3 SS, really expensive), with their adjustability. Bilsteins are typically more expensive than the Koni's, and they both offer superb dampening characteristics.