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.
Mushy Road Feel and/or Shuddering in the Steering Over Bumbs on BMW X5
Average mileage: 92,814 (40,000–185,000)
42 people reported this problem
11 people shared problem details
2001 BMW X5100,000Visitor
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.
2004 BMW X549,756Visitor
i had my 2004 525i for 5 years now.so 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
2008 BMW X5102,250Visitor
Dealer says I have leaking bushing. Wants $800 to fix it. Planning to get it done cheaper at a non-BMW repair shop.
2004 BMW X599,000Visitor
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.
2001 BMW X5185,000Visitor
Trust bushings out. Customer complained of bumping sound from front end as well as steering difficulties while braking.
2008 BMW X577,750Visitor
Thrust Rod Bushing failure. Dry rot cracking seen.
2008 BMW X548,000Visitor
2005 BMW X5146,000Visitor
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.
2004 BMW X571,000Visitor
Oil leaked from bushings. Replaced with aftermarket non-oil filled HD bushings.
2000 BMW X5158,541Visitor
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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