Clunk or Jolt Felt in Steering Due to Worn Bushings in Front Suspension on BMW 325i

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: 95,437 (10,500–265,000)
7 model years affected: 1992, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006
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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.
2004 BMW 325i 55,000 mi,
Need to replace front control arm bracket bushings after feeling shuddering in steering when braking at high speed.
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.
2002 BMW 325i 155,000 mi,
lower control arm bushing bad on both sides of front
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.
About 3 months after purchasing new tires, noticed a 'shimmy' in the right front at high interstate speeds. At first, I attributed it to needing the tires rebalanced and aligned. However, the 'shimmy' has gotten progressively worse: 'shimmying' now at lower speeds, progressing to both sides (left and right), especially bad on bumpy roads or directly after hitting a bump.
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.
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.
control arm had to be replaced. symptom that led to brining the car in for diagnosis was a thumping sound as the wheel rotated
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.
2004 BMW 325i 91,000 mi,
Feel a clunk in front suspension when driving over rough road. Has shimmy in steering wheel at higher speed and occasionally clunk with braking
Had to replace control arm bushings on the front, they were completely worn out. Get someone to slowly drive the car forward as you watch the front wheel. Have them stop the car abruptly.. If the bushings are worn out, you will see the wheel continue forward after the car has stopped. You will also get a lot of thumping, and bumping sounds coming from the front if driving on rough roads. The old bushings are pressed in, and have to be removed, but it can be done at home.
Have had this part replaced twice, at 20000 and 40000 miles. BAD design with the soft rubber insert. Was not found by the BMW dealer! Had to be found by alignment mechanic!!! Took him 5 minutes to find the issue. Car is driven around town and very little on the expressway.
2004 BMW 325i 160,000 mi,
Every time I press on my brake it jolts hard to the left or right. I have to counter steer my car so I don't hit a wall lol.
Get a clunking sound when pressing the brakes
1992 BMW 325i 200,000 mi,
chatter when bracking from highway speeds
2004 BMW 325i 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.
got the front control arms changed - big difference!!
front control arm bushings worn, had to replace both front bushings and perform alignment
2004 BMW 325i 55,000 mi,
The car would stutter a little bi when accelerating from a dead stop and the suspension was so bad it would squeak on braking, so I thought I needed new pads. Instead, it was the control arm bushings etc. $900 repair.