The front thrust rod bushings—also referred to as tension strut bushings—are known to fail occasionally. The oil-filled rubber mounts weaken and crack over time, causing a mushy road feel and shuddering in the steering wheel when going over bumps. These worn bushings should be replaced.
Loosness in the Front Suspension Due to Worn Tension Strut Bushings on BMW 535i
Average mileage: 126,266 (83,000–200,800)
5 people reported this problem
2008 BMW 535i 95,000 mi, Visitor
Front Tension Strut Bushings would not pass state inspection.
2011 BMW 535i 83,000 mi, Visitor
A bucking noise wen turning wheel in the joint front ene
1990 BMW 535i 200,800 mi, Visitor
I had the bushings replaced about 50,0000 miles ago and the drive shaft about a year ago I do a lot of driving overall this car is amazing for it's age!