I replaced my struts when I got the car in 2006. They've been fine ever since. A friend with a year older car has the mechanical stay. Someone closed the trunk for him, it didn't release and it warped the trunk lid as it was still locked when the trunk lid came down. It stood up in the front left corner when latched. He wanted to uprate it to the struts, looked like he could but never did, hard to get the associated hardware. Never knew at the time you could recharge them. There was a guy in Vancouver Van Dusen British Car Show that did it. He was from New Zealand.
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