The front thrust rod bushings—also referred to as tension strut bushings—are 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.
Loosness in the Front Suspension Due to Worn Tension Strut Bushings on BMW 528i
Average mileage: 121,377 (24,000–273,365)
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2010 BMW 528i60,886Visitor
Front tires were waring unevenly due to the alignment being out of wack because of the worn bushings.Only 61,000 miles (all highway too!). I have a 100,000 extended full warranty that doesn't even cover it either (4,000 for that ALSO!). Take it in for a right halo out on headlamp 6mo. ago, find out whole rear unit needs replaced too. Cost me over $800 on that excursion plus two new tires in rear for a grand total of $1450! On top of the bushings they tell me I've got an oil leak coming from one of the valve covers. What a crock of SH-T this is! I am F_____G pissed!!! I've had 3 BMW'S and I'll never buy another. There is- -always something going wrong at least once a year that will cost in the $1000 range. If BMW's are such great cars why are they constantly plagued with problems all the time?
1998 BMW 528i212,000Visitor
Front wheels move beck and forth. Would not hold alignment. Told needed thrust arms & lower control arms and calipers camber correctionc total $783.97 parts and $710.00 labor. Got second opinion needed thrust rod bushings. Total cost including front and rear alignment $394.70. Parts $110.00 labor $200.00.
2008 BMW 528i120,000Visitor
An eerie feeling of looseness in the front when driving. Like being pulled in by the cracks on the road.
When I brake the car shimmers. and when I take off the transmission slips
2008 BMW 528i92,301Visitor
Service Engine light - dealer said 'routine check up'. Came back with front Tension strut bushings cracked and control arm bushings cracked. Rear wheel bearings cracked. Maintained by dealer, original owner.
1999 BMW 528i104,500Visitor
Tension strut front bushings wasted and caused the infamous "55mph" shimmy. Replaced both and shimmy totally gone!
2000 BMW 528i92,000Visitor
Ditto, my 2000 BMW 528i will occationally shake very violently when I go over a small dip in the road and brake at the same time. Time for new struts so I see! Otherwise I love this car, and hope to have it for many more years!
2000 BMW 528i127,538Visitor
was begining to hear a bad rattling noise which i later found out to be my bushings along with stuts needed to be changed
2000 BMW 528i150,000Visitor
Had BMW replace worn out bushing.
2000 BMW 528i85,000Visitor
thrust rod bushings needed replaced. a rattle was noticed under the engine area when going over bumps.
2008 BMW 528i79,000Visitor
Dealership states I need my bushings replaced... quoted me $900. What kind of questions should I be asking? They say I also need tires but less than 6 months ago, Discount Tire said they were fine. Time to find a new repair source?
1999 BMW 528i110,800Visitor
Problem is not fixed. Car shimmies between 60-65 mph, not below at not above.
2010 BMW 528i25,000Visitor
The ride becomes bumpy and steering becomes heavy at stop. Car bounce up/down/sideway when going over bumps. Dealer technician diagnosed and found no fault code or malfunction of the suspension. Problem persisted.
2010 BMW 528i24,000Visitor
This describes my problem. Also wheel shakes when applying brakes to slow down from speeds greater than 20 mph. Hasn't caused tire to wear unevenly and dealership has stated diagnostic testing found "no problems". Thus, they returned the car without a test drive and problem remains...
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