BMW 530i Problems

Loosness in the Front Suspension Due to Worn Tension Strut Bushings on BMW 530i

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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. These worn bushings should be replaced.

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BMW 530i Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 111,490 (58,700–160,000)
6 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2007
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When braking it felt like the brakes were pumping similiar to the anti-lock brake function. Repair was done at a dealer, $900.
I hit a small pot hole as I lightly brake and the car shutters for (it seams) several seconds. Otherwise ride and handling feels very normal.
It jerks both ways at times and when i trn wheel sow it grinds sounds like its gonns break and give out
Bought car @ 83000 miles last year, BMW mechanic told me thrust rod bushings and control arms need replacing
When driving over small pot holes the steering wheel shakes, when windows are down you can hear slight hollow noise coming from the front end. After talking to BMW techs found that upper front upper support or thrust arm bushings left & right sides were shot. Purchased new set BMW #31 12 9 068 753 bushings, but after further thought elected to upgrade new arms with Powerflex urethane bushings with lifetime warranty instead. I could of replaced the bushings with Powrflex urethane bushings only, but with the ball joint having almost a 100k it was obvious to go with the new arm, ball joint & Powerflex set up. This upgrade should last the life of the car and provide better handling, braking, with low vibration over factory bushings. Was told by two BMW techs that the 03 BMW 530i upper bushings wear out prematurely. I believe this is the right way to go to remove the hazard of future front end geometry failure. Dusty
I am constantly changing brake rotors in the front because the car shakes when the brakes are depressed when slowing down from 60 mph recently i had all the mechanism in the front changed but the problem still exists.
Feel the front and rear of my vehicle loose, had the dealership replace what they said was the problem (sway bar links). Just got my tires rotated and was told that my sway bar links need replacing again.