Problem Description and Possible Solution
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.
Average mileage: 134,721 (40,000–310,500)
12 model years affected: 1990
, more1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
37 people reported this problem
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.
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