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BMW 528i Front Tension Strut Bushings May Fail

BMW 528i Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2008, 2010

Average Mileage: 121,258 mi (24,000 mi - 273,365 mi)


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.

  • , , 60,886 mi

    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?

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  • , , 212,000 mi

    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.

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  • , , 127,538 mi

    was begining to hear a bad rattling noise which i later found out to be my bushings along with stuts needed to be changed

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  • , , 92,301 mi

    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.

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  • , , 120,000 mi

    An eerie feeling of looseness in the front when driving. Like being pulled in by the cracks on the road.

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  • , , 150,000 mi

    Had BMW replace worn out bushing.

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  • , , 189,187 mi

    When I brake the car shimmers. and when I take off the transmission slips

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  • , , 104,500 mi

    Tension strut front bushings wasted and caused the infamous "55mph" shimmy. Replaced both and shimmy totally gone!

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  • , , 92,000 mi

    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!

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  • , , 85,000 mi

    thrust rod bushings needed replaced. a rattle was noticed under the engine area when going over bumps.

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