Premature Tire Wear Due to Cracked Lower Control Arm Bushings on Mercedes-Benz SL500

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The lower control arm bushings can wear and crack, resulting excessive movement at the control arm pivot point, leading to irregular and premature tire wear. Worn Ball joints can also cause similar tire wear symptoms. I some cases it may be necessary to replace the lower control arm, including bushings & ball joint to correct this concern.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 55,763 (23,000–92,000)
12 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
22 people reported this problem
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premature wear on inside of tires on both rear wheels and left front
8k miles on new rear Michelins with little serviceable tread remaining.
Broken control arm bushing, replaced control arms and ball joints, cost approx 1600.00.
Suspension work, bushings etc replaced
Can see tire wear in outside of front tires, know they were condition to last more, already found a good plAce here in watsonville , ca #easy tune up where they also replaced a alternator few days ago n a shift sensor pin on the shifter which is due to having the keyless ignition on option
Ok, this is my third problem for a "me too". I've not had this fixed yet.
no observed problem except tire wear - diagnosed at a service by distributor.