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 525i
Average mileage: 136,936 (40,000–310,500)
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2005 BMW 525i120,000Visitor
Still have the problem, thought it was my rotors but after new rotors I realized it was bushings. Front wheels shutter when I come to a stop. After rotors and new tires (which I am sure the bushings helped wear mine out so fast) I can't afford to get the problem fixed now for awhile. It should be a recall, especially considering it's a BMW. Kinda scary to know a car company who sells cars for the price they do, advertising their quality to be outstanding, and then shy's away from obvious issues that are due to the original build of the car and are of no fault of the individual owners yet we have to foot the bill. Buying a BMW you would think accountability would be greater than other car makers but obviously it is the opposite. Idrive is faulty too, which they know, but do not recall either.
2003 BMW 525i163,000Visitor
Loose feel in steering, shimmy and at certain times steering wheel shake when applying brakes. Replace the entire arm with newer type bushing.
1991 BMW 525i274,000Visitor
just purchased car havnt made the repair yet hope its not too expensive or difficult?
2004 BMW 525i111,780Visitor
Bmw is fixing it this week700.00 plus 129.00 for alingment.
2004 BMW 525i110,000Visitor
Bushings needed replacement. However, was told bushings no longer manufactured for this model, SO had to replace left and right arms completely to resolve. Cost $1076.00
2001 BMW 525i147,625Visitor
shimmy in front end at braking. brand new tires. "bouncing" at higher speeds. originally thought it was a balance problem with the tires.
1994 BMW 525i172,500Visitor
2003 BMW 525i80,000Visitor
i THINK THIS IS THE SAME PROBLEM!!!
2003 BMW 525i79,000Visitor
I started to notice the shutter in my steering wheel going over bumps. I am going to replace the bushings and see if it helps.
2002 BMW 525i102,000Visitor
shuddering in steering wheel at 45mph and higher. Need to replace. BMW wants $625
2002 BMW 525i115,000Visitor
replaced @ 90,000 miles
Replaced one set of controll arms and car had shimmy in frontend so had to replace other set too.
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