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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
BMW 525i Front Tension Strut Bushings May Fail
BMW 525i Problem
Average Mileage: 134,916 mi (40,000 mi - 310,500 mi)
Visitor, 2003 BMW 525i, 163,000 mi
Loose feel in steering, shimmy and at certain times steering wheel shake when applying brakes.
Replace the entire arm with newer type bushing.
Visitor, 2005 BMW 525i, 120,000 mi
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.
Visitor, 1991 BMW 525i, 274,000 mi
just purchased car havnt made the repair yet hope its not too expensive or difficult?
Visitor, 2004 BMW 525i, 111,780 mi
Bmw is fixing it this week700.00 plus 129.00 for alingment.
same as described, gone out on me 2 or 3 times in 8 yrs
had to replace them at 50k
Visitor, 2001 BMW 525i, 147,625 mi
shimmy in front end at braking. brand new tires. "bouncing" at higher speeds. originally thought it was a balance problem with the tires.
Visitor, 1994 BMW 525i, 172,500 mi
Visitor, 2003 BMW 525i, 80,000 mi
i THINK THIS IS THE SAME PROBLEM!!!
Visitor, 2003 BMW 525i, 79,000 mi
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.