2) Ordered a single Sachs Stabilus lift support (only 1 left and for half price) SG204011 from Rock Auto for the Taurus rear hatch. The package looked fine but the support had none of the Stabilus logos or markings. Does it look genuine? I can't find a Sachs website I could contact to send them the picture.
The Strong Arms I bought were junk. Bought them from Autozone years ago, back before they got rid of the lifetime warranty. Luckily I have a receipt scan that proves they had that warranty when purchased. I have had to replace them about every 3 years since then, so their quality hasn't gotten much better or worse over time. I only keep getting them replaced with same because they're free, I drive by Autozone regularly, and they only take a minute to swap out.
I've had a pair of Stablius lift supports leak down on me. O'Reilly replaced them. The OEM pieces, also Stablius were different than the aftermarket ones. I have a feeling some parts are outsourced - Stablius tends to support those cars that came OEM with them.