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Old 10-28-2008, 12:45 PM   #1
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My Ride: 2001 325xiT
Front End Rattle - 2001 325iX Wagon

Gruppe,

This problem has been going on for a while on my wife's car...

Intermittent front end rattling that you can hear and feel through the pedal box of the car. Seems to emanate from the left front. Happens most often on the first drive after sitting overnight or for several hours. Seems to happen when the front end is unloaded, as during acceleration. Left turns at 30+ mph, and road irregularities will also set it off.

It will rattle a bit, then go away, come back again, go away and eventually not do it again until you drive it thenext day.

I have checked/tightened the sway bar end links, strut tower bolts, sub-frame mount bolts. Very open to suggestions and would sure appreciate the help!

Thanks in advance!

Rob
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:22 PM   #2
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did you check the control arms and bushings? they go bad often.
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