Clunk or Jolt Felt in Steering Due to Worn Bushings in Front Suspension on BMW 330i

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: 85,992 (35,000–123,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
26 people reported this problem
11 people shared problem details
2001 BMW 330i123,000
loose feel on steering. replaced and problem solved.
2001 BMW 330i88,000
It sounds like someone smashes a big hammer on to the car. It is a very loud noise. You can feel it in the steering wheel too. But it is cheap and anyone can do it. Takes less than 30mins if you have the right tools. I replaced mine twice within 1.5 years.
at 35K mine i had to replace bushings too
2004 BMW 330i42,000
Replaced by dealer at 35,000 under warranty because they were "blown out". Replaced again by dealer at 42.000 because they were "totally worn out" Not sure what the deal is but I cringe when I see a pot hole. Car not under warranty anymore. Sport Suspension.
2003 BMW 330i122,914
Hard steering and there is a clunk and jolt when I hit the brake.
Feels like a thump when turning
2003 BMW 330i112,000
Makes a loud noise on front right like a CLONK when I brake. Was told broken front right arm.
2006 BMW 330i76,000
Brake pedal shake when braking and the steering wheel!
2006 BMW 330i80,000
Had the front control arm bushings go out around 80,000
Replace lower control arm assemblies in front end
2001 BMW 330i65,000
replaced at 65,000 miles
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