Well guys, at 78,000 miles (or 130,000kms) it's not surprising that I need new shocks for my 1996 Impala SS. I've read all the appropriate threads and found them extremely informative, thank you all.
Just to confirm my impressions. The Monroe SS P/N 550012 (front) and 550013 (rear) are very acceptable replacements, but are not as good as the Bilstein P/Ns B46-1104 (front) and B46-0929 (rear. The Hals are the best for those that like to hammer their cars and need the adjustments available, but are very expensive. I'm not that rich, can barely afford the Bilsteins. but I'm tending to those over the Monroe, primarily because of the lifetime warranty, which Monroe do not give in Canada.
Couple of questions. Are my impressions correct? Also, are both the Monroe SS and Bilsteins direct replacements, or are adaptor kits necessary?