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 740iL
Average mileage: 142,500 (98,000–180,000)
11 people reported this problem
2001 BMW 740iL 143,000 mi, Visitor
this is a scary feeling when it will not quit shaking so badly at 45 mph !!
1997 BMW 740iL 180,000 mi, Visitor
replaced the torsion bars, solved the problem but it took a long time to find the problem.
1999 BMW 740iL 98,000 mi, Visitor
Replaced front struts Big noise driving over rough roads. $1200 repair bill
2000 BMW 740iL 124,000 mi, Visitor
I went to firestone and had the vehicle inspected. They said that the bushings were loose so I guess I need to replace them when I can. At around 40 to 50 mph the steering wheel shakes a lot, especially when going over bumps.
1995 BMW 740iL 145,000 mi, Visitor
At 45 MPH tires start to wobble....goes away at 50 MPH. BMW says to replace the thrust bushung and get new tires/ alignment.