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

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: 89,055 (47,550–142,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
20 people reported this problem
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2004 BMW 330Ci70,000
330CI; Replaced control arms and bushings at Dealership.
bushings are known to go out quick on E46 330ci's
2006 BMW 330Ci47,550
vibration from front right wheels, not in steering , control arm bushings replaced, new front rims, rebalance, hope it works better now
Feeling and sound of looseness in front suspension, amplified when traversing speed bumps at lower speed. Replacement of control arm bushings "tightened" the condition somewhat, but not completely. Remaining issue is probably in the steering rack assembly.
2001 BMW 330Ci127,000
front lower control arms and bushings replaced
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