Car Problem Reports

BMW X5 Front Thrust Rod Bushings May Fail

BMW X5 Problem
36 Reports
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Model Years Affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Average Mileage: 89,459 mi (40,000 mi - 158,541 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.

  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    Steering wheel would shake at freeway speeds (especially when you hit the brake or turned the wheel)

    Shop wanted over $800 to replace both bushings and the control arms.

    I ordered a pair of Meyle "HD" upper control arms (with bushings) for ~$220, and installed them myself (took a couple hours).

    Smooth driving since then.

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  • Visitor, , 49,756 mi

    i had my 2004 525i for 5 years the dealers warranty is off my car for the 4 years past by before i hit the 100,000 mile & i cant pay 600dollars for this repairs

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  • Visitor, , 99,000 mi

    Same here. Bought it certified, but they say they could not diagnose it when in for a check up at 99000 miles. Afterwards VOB BMW at Rockville MD stated that it was Front Thrust Rod Bushing and Sway Bar End Link.

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  •  Rookie

    the car squeaks when i drive an get out of it

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  • Visitor, , 77,750 mi

    Thrust Rod Bushing failure. Dry rot cracking seen.

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  • Visitor, , 48,000 mi

    Shop fixed

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  • Visitor, , 146,000 mi

    I can be having a nice, smooth drive down the highway but when I hit a bump, my steering wheel shudders and the entire front end shakes for a second, then it recovers. It almost feels like in that moment of shakiness, I could lose control of the car. But my ride always returns to smooth til I hit another bump.

    My front control arm bushings were replaced one month ago but that hasn't alleviated the problem.

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  • Visitor, , 71,000 mi

    Oil leaked from bushings. Replaced with aftermarket non-oil filled HD bushings.

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  • Visitor, , 158,541 mi

    When I accelerate or go over speed bumps, my steering wheel shakes. This also happens when I stop. I've had the control arm replaced and now I'm afraid to drive the car.

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