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BMW 323i Front Control Arm Bracket Bushings May Fail

BMW 323i Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1999, 2000

Average Mileage: 119,571 mi (47,000 mi - 180,000 mi)


Failure of the front control arm bracket bushingsoften referred to as thrust rod bushingsis moderately common. One symptom is a clunk or jolt felt in the steering when braking.

  • Visitor, , 180,000 mi

    had to replace lower control arm bushings, but at 180,000 how can u complain.

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  • Visitor, , 123,000 mi

    Had the bushings replaced very costly

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  • Visitor, , 80,000 mi

    I have had this problem ever since I bought the car used, my mechanic thinks that it is weak struts and he has inspected it twice. I tried to tell him that I read about the worn bushings, but he says they are fine. I guess I have to find a new mechanic...

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  • Visitor, , 95,000 mi

    It hasn't started clunking yet but it feels like the car is sliding forward as you break. I know it will start to deteriorate fast so I'm getting the upper control arm bushings checked and I'm pretty sure that's the problem

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  • Visitor, , 140,000 mi

    clanking on right side of car when hiiting the brakes

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  • fr5401, , 47,000 mi

    HAve replaced both left/right side front control arm bushings(rear/lower arm)within the last 5 years.

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