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Clunk or Jolt Felt in Steering Due to Worn Bushings in Front Suspension on BMW 323i

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Failure of the front control arm bracket bushingsoften referred to as thrust rod bushingsis moderately common. One symptom is a clunk or jolt felt in the steering when braking.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 130,177 (47,000–204,000)
2 model years affected: 1999, 2000
14 people reported this problem
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Failure of the front control arm bracket bushings—often referred to as thrust rod bushings—is moderately common. One symptom is a clunk or jolt felt in the steering when braking
I thought I needed new brakes and could swear I could hear a grinding noise coming from the brakes, however I also heard a "clunk" noise coming from under the car as I came to a stop. It was the "clunk" that concerned me because I once had a drive shaft that failed me in another older car I owned (Ford). Took the car into my mechanic and just one test drive around the block he knew what it was! Not the brakes, but the control arm bushings! He fixed it and it sounds great now.
I have had this problem ever since I bought the car used, my mechanic thinks that it is weak struts and he has inspected it twice. I tried to tell him that I read about the worn bushings, but he says they are fine. I guess I have to find a new mechanic...
It hasn't started clunking yet but it feels like the car is sliding forward as you break. I know it will start to deteriorate fast so I'm getting the upper control arm bushings checked and I'm pretty sure that's the problem