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.
Average mileage: 92,814 (40,000–185,000)
45 people reported this problem
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.
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.
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.