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.
Car Problem Reports
BMW 325i Front Control Arm Bracket Bushings May Fail
BMW 325i Problem
Average Mileage: 86,765 mi (10,500 mi - 265,000 mi)
Visitor, 2003 BMW 325i, 85,000 mi
Replaced with polyurethane bushings myself. About 2 hours and $99.00. The ride is <10% harder but better driving.
Visitor, 2001 BMW 325i, 86,668 mi
Made an audible clicking noise when the window was down while driving at 10-15 mph. Discovered by a tire change technician. Bushings were visibly cracked and deteriorated.
Visitor, 2006 BMW 325i, 54,000 mi
Felt a "thump" from time to time when braking. Occurred intermittently. Told by BMW service that tension strut bushing was problem. Cost $452.00 to repair as this is not covered by BMW's CPO warranty.
Visitor, 2004 BMW 325i, 55,000 mi
Need to replace front control arm bracket bushings after feeling shuddering in steering when braking at high speed.
Visitor, 2006 BMW 325i, 10,500 mi
When I am slowing down just around the same time that the transmission shifts from 2nd gear to 1st gear and vice versa the car will jerk.
Visitor, 2004 BMW 325i, 72,000 mi
Slight knock that comes from the front-end each time the brakes are applied or released. Additionally, the steering wheel gives a quick slight jolt or twitch. Repair is pending.
Visitor, 2002 BMW 325i, 155,000 mi
lower control arm bushing bad on both sides of front
Visitor, 2002 BMW 325i, 61,000 mi
started off with a small clunk at times, not all the time.
The guys that did the brakes noticed it.
This issue cost me about $500 to fix the front drivers side. I had my brakes done one day and the following morning on the freeway I was driving about 70mph and my steering became impossible I was all over the road. Worst thing I have ever felt in over 20 yrs driving.
Visitor, 2003 BMW 325i, 100,000 mi
Bushings failed and needed changed