Clunk or Jolt Felt in Steering Due to Worn Bushings in Front Suspension on BMW 323i

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.

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Average mileage: 130,177 (47,000–204,000)
2 model years affected: 1999, 2000
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2000 BMW 323i 180,000 mi,
had to replace lower control arm bushings, but at 180,000 how can u complain.
Failure of the front control arm bracket bushings—often referred to as thrust rod bushings—is moderately common. One symptom is a clunk or jolt felt in the steering when braking
I thought I needed new brakes and could swear I could hear a grinding noise coming from the brakes, however I also heard a "clunk" noise coming from under the car as I came to a stop. It was the "clunk" that concerned me because I once had a drive shaft that failed me in another older car I owned (Ford). Took the car into my mechanic and just one test drive around the block he knew what it was! Not the brakes, but the control arm bushings! He fixed it and it sounds great now.
2000 BMW 323i 123,000 mi,
Had the bushings replaced very costly
2000 BMW 323i 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...
2000 BMW 323i 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
2000 BMW 323i 140,000 mi,
clanking on right side of car when hiiting the brakes
HAve replaced both left/right side front control arm bushings(rear/lower arm)within the last 5 years.