Hey guys, thanks for the quick responces! So far I did a quick price check on prices through Advance Auto Parts....looks like Monroe brand shocks are $81.99 a piece for the front, and rear Monroe struts are $43.89 a piece. Grand total for parts.....$251.76.....subtract that from my original estimate of $599.....$347.24 in labor. Something is askew.....Next stop is to call Monroe. I'll let you know how that turns out.
I've never worked on an escape so i'm not sure if the vehicle requires an alignment after replacing the struts.
The guy said nothing about an alignment, only the replacement of the shocks and struts. Assuming a four wheel alignment is average of $100, that still leaves $247.24 in "mystery labor". Good point though, I'm going to ask Monroe exactly what they will be doing, and what they will be doing it with.