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BMW 528i Front Tension Strut Bushings May Fail

BMW 528i Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2010

Average Mileage: 130,022 mi (24,000 mi - 212,000 mi)


The front thrust rod bushingsalso referred to as tension strut bushingsare 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.

  • Visitor, , 127,538 mi

    was begining to hear a bad rattling noise which i later found out to be my bushings along with stuts needed to be changed

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  • Visitor, , 150,000 mi

    Had BMW replace worn out bushing.

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  • Visitor, , 212,000 mi

    Front wheels move beck and forth. Would not hold alignment. Told needed thrust arms & lower control arms and calipers camber correctionc total $783.97 parts and $710.00 labor. Got second opinion needed thrust rod bushings. Total cost including front and rear alignment $394.70. Parts $110.00 labor $200.00.

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  • tntlove, , 189,187 mi

    When I brake the car shimmers. and when I take off the transmission slips

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  • Visitor, , 104,500 mi

    Tension strut front bushings wasted and caused the infamous "55mph" shimmy. Replaced both and shimmy totally gone!

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  • Visitor, , 92,000 mi

    Ditto, my 2000 BMW 528i will occationally shake very violently when I go over a small dip in the road and brake at the same time. Time for new struts so I see! Otherwise I love this car, and hope to have it for many more years!

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  • Visitor, , 85,000 mi

    thrust rod bushings needed replaced. a rattle was noticed under the engine area when going over bumps.

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  • Visitor, , 24,000 mi

    This describes my problem. Also wheel shakes when applying brakes to slow down from speeds greater than 20 mph. Hasn't caused tire to wear unevenly and dealership has stated diagnostic testing found "no problems". Thus, they returned the car without a test drive and problem remains...

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