For those that read this ye be warned that replacing struts with a spring compressor while easy if all goes well it can be very dangerous to do.
There is a pretty high risk for serious injury when replacing struts. If a spring clamp where to slip and say a persons head was over the unit one could lose their head. These springs are under a lot of pressure.
So if you are on the fence on doing it by all means just buy the complete assembly. It will also save you a lot of time not having to get any extra tools as well. At least that way you are also getting a new upper bearing as well which has been shown to cause problems down the road for noises.
If you are doing just a strut replacement then make sure you mark where the the location of the spring relation to the strut placement as this sometimes can cause noise down the road if not lined up properly.
2002 Chrysler T&C bought new end of 2001.
3.8 L 108,000 avg. fuel eco. 22.4
2009 Pontiac G8 GT fuel economy not determined yet, currently 22 mpg