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How long do the OEM Bilsteins usually last? They don't have a great reputation over in E36M3 land, but this car is so much lighter they might last a lot longer. I am just past 30,000 and trying to map out major maintenance the next few years.
 

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Wondered about this as well. In the Evo world, 50-75K seems to be typical, with lots of guys going the rebuild/revalve route. Like you, I'm expecting the lower mass to help longevity on the Elige.
 

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Yea it should, evos weigh about 2900 to 3100 and the bmers well much more then that, our cars 1800, so it works in our favors, not to mention some of the members here dont even drive their cars lol
 

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It really doesn't have to do much with the weight of the car. The damper failure rate will be related to cycles of suspension motion. The Elise uses shocks, which will be structurally under different stresses than a strut.
 

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What is your definition of longevity? No leaks or in need or service? Anything over 30-40k is in need of a freshening up, even tho it still may not leak.
 
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