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Front thrust rod bushings

I took my 2003 325i BMW to the dealer for oil service. They told me two issues with my car - the front thrust rod bushings are worn and it would cost $600 to fix; the second issue was my rear brake pads are at minimum level and that would cost $275. I declined the service due to the expense. However, I don't know what the bushings are for and if in fact they need to be replaced. I don't have any issues with my steering wheel twitching or a thump when I brake. What do you advise?

Brake pads - won't my indicator light tell me when to replace them?

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  • damaskgirl Jun 26, 2009

    I have 70,000 miles. When I declined the service I immediately received an email stating what type of service my car needed - suspension and brake service.

  • damaskgirl Jul 01, 2009

    Thank you for the information. I live in the US and I haven't heard of that type of certificate. However, I will request another inspection by a different mechanic. I appreciate your advice.

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How many miles has this car traveled ?
I have never heard of a front thrust rod bushing (could be a termaolgy thing).....
I would be getting a second opinion on this !


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  • George Jun 26, 2009

    Your car will tell you when the brake pads need to be replaced only if it has Pad wear indicators fitted..
    The 2 most common types are either a light that comes on on the dash or a spring steel like shim that rubs on the brake disc causing a squeal .
    If there are no knocking sounds coming from the front end of the car and the handling is ok then your bushes are more than likley to be ok.......
    I dont know what country you live in , but here in New Zealand our cars a required by law to have a Warrant of fitness ......If your country requires a similar certificate and the cost of the test is cheap enough . Get it tested as the findings of the test are carried out by a mechanic that has nothing to gain money wise.i.e he is an independant inspector.
    Brakes and suspension are part of the test here.
    I would say that the prices do seem high compared to what we would do it for here in NZ.
    And remember that if you do need to have things done to your car it is often cheaper to go to a local garage/workshop and unless your unlucky you should be very well treated.
    Always get 3 quotes on any work !!!!!!
    Let me know your thoughts on the above.


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