Just completed a 1200 km road trip in our 2005 Park Ave to visit family over the holidays. I know it's supposed to be a soft riding car, but there is too much bounce on the front end. So doing some research on replacement struts and came across this from the forum 'Car Talk'. Trav has made similar comments regarding brand quality as well. Mustangman Aug '16 Gabriel and Monroe parts WILL be stiffer than factory simply because they design them so you can feel that you actually changed something. KYB's, too. All aftermarket shocks and struts are built that way. I have used KYB's and they ride well and are a quality product. Many are built in the US. I currently have Tokico adjustable struts/shocks on my Mustang with well over 10,000 miles and I am impressed. I have also used Gabriels. They gave me no issues but they were not stiff enough to settle my Ford van's bobbing nose. The Sachs rear replacement shocks on the wife's car have 80,000 mile with no issues. BTW, I was an engineer for a former GM division that made shocks and I've cut apart many brands of shocks and struts to see what is inside. Monroe is a bottom feeder especially their aftermarket replacement parts, Gabriel is a bit better, KYB, Showa and Boge/Sachs (now TRW) are better yet. All are OEM suppliers. Premium suppliers would be Koni or Bilstein.