Car Problem Reports

BMW 740iL Front Thrust Rod Bushings May Fail

BMW 740iL Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

Average Mileage: 142,000 mi (98,000 mi - 180,000 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, , 98,000 mi

    Replaced front struts Big noise driving over rough roads. $1200 repair bill

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  • Visitor, , 180,000 mi

    replaced the torsion bars, solved the problem but it took a long time to find the problem.

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  • Visitor, , 124,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 143,000 mi

    this is a scary feeling when it will not quit shaking so badly at 45 mph !!

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  • kierab, , 165,000 mi

    it is still a problem

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