Mushy Road Feel and/or Shuddering in the Steering Over Bumbs on BMW 745Li

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 44,039 (10,200–70,000)
3 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005
12 people reported this problem
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I have 2004 BMW 745li.
My car was used to be running very smooth under high speed on the highway.
It feels like slippery on the road & even hard to notified high speed.
But, now it feels like cheap under $5000.00 used car feeling.
If I drive even over 45 mph, it has mushy & shaking & big semi truck stopping sound.
I went to dealer, they said it is thrust rod bushing is cracked & need to be replaced.
The costs is unbelievably high just for the $1.00 value of small rubber ring.
What a BMW engineering.... Soooooo disappointed!!!!!
I paid about $100,000.00 for this car for long life reliable high performance of driving.
It is only 70,000 miles now.
My other Lexus, runs over 100,000 miles now. It still feels like new car on driving.
BMW, Wake Up!!!!! & It must be a extension warranty or factory Recall issue.
the car's thrust mounts degraded and needed to be replaced, we had taken it to the dealer for warranty service
dealer evaluated problem
We had the Thrust rod bushings fail around 45K miles. Much better upon replacement