Originally Posted by 99_Runner
Bump. Anybody else have an opinion?
My opinion is that that maintenance is throwing good money at the bad.
First, the the cost of the maintenance is rather large in comparison to the residial value of the vehicle, and given the risk probability (I have never
seen a Toyota with collapsed suspension, seen plenty of Jeeps though).
Second, if you want to improve your personal safety, that money is much better spent on a newer model vehicle.
Third, with proper ball joint inspection, there is very little chance the ball will pop-out unexpectedly, and even less chance that the ball will break off due to metallurgical defects (moog's problem probably) after 14 years. Wear is the problem, and wear can be checked while inspecting play in the joint.