I'm fairly certain the KYBs aren't really stock part as in OEM though they are a viable replacement. OEM shocks are a higher quality part and that last better then the KYBs... at a price though of course.
It's totally feasible the the mechanic would notice your shocks are done by pushing on the front end and if your shocks are original, it's totally likely given their age that they're shot... depending on what your mileage is, the odds only increase.
If you're happy with the stock ride, new OEM struts are a bit pricey but it shouldn't be that big a difference over the KYBs (it certainly wasn't when I did it) and they last well. Unless you've noticed visible sag in the body, the springs can be reused. If it's just the front that are blown, it may not be necessary to do all 4 at once but instead just do the front. At the time, labor costs were what drove me to do what I did figuring I'd eventually switch to Konis on Eibachs anyways (but I bought an M3 instead so that's on hold for a long while).
If you want to firm up a bit you can go with Konis but you'll have to do all 4.
If you want to drop and firm up, Konis w/ Eibach or H&R springs are a good bet.
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