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: 98,175 (47,550–186,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
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problem details
2002 BMW 330Ci 186,000 mi,
clunking and steering divergence is present.
2004 BMW 330Ci 70,000 mi,
330CI; Replaced control arms and bushings at Dealership.
bushings are known to go out quick on E46 330ci's
2006 BMW 330Ci 47,550 mi,
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 330Ci 127,000 mi,
front lower control arms and bushings replaced