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BMW 325i Front Control Arm Bracket Bushings May Fail

BMW 325i Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Average Mileage: 91,022 mi (10,500 mi - 265,000 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, , 85,000 mi

    Replaced with polyurethane bushings myself. About 2 hours and $99.00. The ride is <10% harder but better driving.

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  • Visitor, , 55,000 mi

    Need to replace front control arm bracket bushings after feeling shuddering in steering when braking at high speed.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 155,000 mi

    lower control arm bushing bad on both sides of front

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  • Visitor, , 61,000 mi

    started off with a small clunk at times, not all the time.
    The guys that did the brakes noticed it.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 92,000 mi

    Took 2004 BMW CI in for new tires to be installed ( bought tires on line ) and alignment, told by tech that no use in alignment the car needs new lower control arm bushings on both sides $626.00. Did some research and found part for much less on web sites. They wanted $201.99 just for the bushings and $273 for labor at a Tires Plus.

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  • Visitor,

    control arm had to be replaced. symptom that led to brining the car in for diagnosis was a thumping sound as the wheel rotated

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