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.
Car Problem Reports
BMW 528i Front Tension Strut Bushings May Fail
BMW 528i Problem
Average Mileage: 141,802 mi (85,000 mi - 212,000 mi)
When I brake the car shimmers. and when I take off the transmission slips
Visitor, 2000 BMW 528i, 85,000 mi
thrust rod bushings needed replaced. a rattle was noticed under the engine area when going over bumps.
Visitor, 2000 BMW 528i, 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
Visitor, 2000 BMW 528i, 150,000 mi
Had BMW replace worn out bushing.
Visitor, 1998 BMW 528i, 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.
Visitor, 1999 BMW 528i, 104,500 mi
Tension strut front bushings wasted and caused the infamous "55mph" shimmy. Replaced both and shimmy totally gone!
Visitor, 2000 BMW 528i, 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!