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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 98,175 (47,550–186,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
23 people reported this problem
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330CI; Replaced control arms and bushings at Dealership.
clunking and steering divergence is present.
bushings are known to go out quick on E46 330ci's
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.
front lower control arms and bushings replaced