Car Problem Reports

BMW 330i Front Control Arm Bracket Bushings May Fail

BMW 330i Problem
21 Reports
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Average Mileage: 82,109 mi (35,000 mi - 123,000 mi)


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.

  • , , 123,000 mi

    loose feel on steering. replaced and problem solved.

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  • , , 88,000 mi

    It sounds like someone smashes a big hammer on to the car. It is a very loud noise. You can feel it in the steering wheel too. But it is cheap and anyone can do it. Takes less than 30mins if you have the right tools. I replaced mine twice within 1.5 years.

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  •  Rookie

    at 35K mine i had to replace bushings too

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  • , , 42,000 mi

    Replaced by dealer at 35,000 under warranty because they were "blown out". Replaced again by dealer at 42.000 because they were "totally worn out" Not sure what the deal is but I cringe when I see a pot hole. Car not under warranty anymore. Sport Suspension.

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  • , , 76,000 mi

    Brake pedal shake when braking and the steering wheel!

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  • , , 80,000 mi

    Had the front control arm bushings go out around 80,000

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  • , , 68,000 mi

    Replace lower control arm assemblies in front end

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  • , , 65,000 mi

    replaced at 65,000 miles

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