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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: 88,428 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, , 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, , 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, , 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, , 155,000 mi

    lower control arm bushing bad on both sides of front

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  • Visitor,

    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.

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  • navydark1, , 102,000 mi

    front control arm bushings worn, had to replace both front bushings and perform alignment

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