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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-01-2014, 11:19 PM
CF750Li CF750Li is offline
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Suspension issues

Hi all, first of all sorry if this has been discussed already in which case please point me in the right direction in terms of links. I have been having several issues with the suspension:
1. Steering moves left and right over small bumps when going at slow speeds (below 15 mph)
2. If one only one of the front wheel hits a bump then the steering shakes violently for a few seconds.
3. From eyeballing it I feel that the rear end seems to be sagging a bit (not sure if that is normal)
4. When going between 65-75 mph the car vibrates.

My car is an 01 530i with sport package btw so it has the M II suspension.
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:37 PM
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Sounds like rubber bushings. Get the car to a suspension specialist for an inspection.

BTW, you MUST report mileage!!
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:58 PM
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Old 10-02-2014, 12:15 AM
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rubber bushings or something more serious like
steering rack, control arms, shocks struts?

there's a lotta wear on all these parts esp. after 170k
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Old 10-02-2014, 05:03 AM
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Thrust arm bushings have leaked. Your struts are also worn. You may also have other issues like failing ball joints. A complete rebuild of the front end will run you $1,200 in parts alone. Search this forum for more background info.
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