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When should you put on new struts?

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Vehicle Information: Year: 1998; Engine (type, size, modifications): Stock; Total Mileage: 34,000;

I bought a 1998 Boxster (dealer maintained) last May with 21,500 miles from my local Porsch dealer. Beautiful car. Perfect condition. On my first major, the dealer found a broken motor mount and a blown right rear strut. I was probably a little hard on the car when I got it, but, hey, got that out of my system. The mechanic, a german & factory trained, wanted me to change out all the struts at $1,100 for the front and $800 for the rear. I was already into a $2,500 bill just to fix what was broken with the major, so I passed and just had the blown strut replaced. My question is, should I replace the struts now that I'm a few bucks ahead with the stock ones from the dealer ($1,500 & a $250 alignment) or upgrade to a Bilstein in the front and stock rears from the local Porsch mechanic for about the same or wait until I need to replace another blown one? And will a strut brace up front improve handling on a car I don't track?

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