Creaking

Asked by May 13, 2013 at 07:17 PM about the 2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2004 325xi with 47k miles...  I'm hearing a loud creaking when turning the wheel right.. Sounds like it's the driver side... About a year ago I had it at the BMW dealership for routine maintenance and the service department told me both outer cv boots were cracked badly and the left hand side inner cv boot was leaking... They replaced all 3 boots at a cost of $1400+. It was not recommended I replace the axles, cv joints or the right side inner boot per the invoice. Does this sound like a boot issue again? Should the axles and/or cv joints have been replaced when the boots were replaced?

7 Answers

the steering box is attatched to cracked steel....get it welded~

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
242,105

It's probably a bad ball joint or Control Arm bushing. Take it back into the garage for an inspection.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

creaking captain? had this happen on my Mercedes 230S...cracked weld near the high concentration of torque from steering rack or box....still forces unchecked will crack this frame~ (or uni)

105

Find a good "Indy" independent garage in your area,they can save you tons of $$$ compared to dealers.

945

had the same problem with my truck.. More than likely it's either a ball joint or the control arm bushing.. The best thing for you to do would be to take it to the garage and have those checked before the steering of one of the front wheels goes out on you while driving down the road.

creaking captain?

325

Yeh, you realy need to find a beter garage, even if you have to travel. The dealer will totally rape you which it sounds like they did. A good mechanic can change out CV boots in a couple hours max, that shoulda been a $600 job at most. BMW charges $180/hr for a master mechanic in my area, I have an independant guy who charges $80/hr and he's probobly a beter mechanic. He'll also recommend after market stuff that's just as good and cheaper. Ask around online at your local chapter of BMWCCA BMW Car Club of America or E46 Fanatics to find a good mechanic, they will probobly be involved in a team or something in your area. Your problem aint the creak (That's probobly a stearing shaft outta wack thing), its the mechanic...

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Creaking 7 answers

    I have a 2004 325xi with 47k miles... I'm hearing a loud creaking when turning the wheel right.. Sounds like it's the driver side... About a year ago I had it at the BMW dealership for routine mainte...

    2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • creaking noise from the hard top 1 answer

    I have just brought 2012 bmw 320d m sport convertible which make various creaking noise when driving with the top up. Not sure if it is from the passenger side panel or if it is the roof. I was told b...

    2012 BMW 3 Series

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Creaking noise 2 answers

    My 06 cobalt makes a creaking noise when i first apply the gas when taking off and backing up

    2006 Chevrolet Cobalt LS

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Creaking tire 2 answers

    I have 2006 cobalt and when you turn the tire back and forth it makes a creaking sound.

    2006 Chevrolet Cobalt LS

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Creaking noise 9 answers

    I have a 2008 Toyota Avalon. It make creaking noise 2 to 4 times when I turn the key to on position to ACC.

    2008 Toyota Avalon XLS

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

3 Series

Looking for a Used 3 Series in your area?

CarGurus has 30,258 nationwide 3 Series listings starting at $1,000.

ZIP:

Search BMW 3 Series Questions

BMW 3 Series Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 4,680
#2 Robert Charlson
Robert Charlson
Reputation 1,580
#3 Michael Branan
Michael Branan
Reputation 1,210
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used BMW 5 Series
466 Great Deals out of 15,434 listings starting at $500
Used BMW M3
50 Great Deals out of 1,360 listings starting at $3,800
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
428 Great Deals out of 25,477 listings starting at $2,000
Used Audi A4
292 Great Deals out of 10,503 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Mustang
543 Great Deals out of 45,840 listings starting at $1,999
Used Honda Accord
941 Great Deals out of 77,703 listings starting at $899
Used BMW X5
450 Great Deals out of 15,734 listings starting at $2,800
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class
358 Great Deals out of 19,351 listings starting at $1,500
Used BMW 6 Series
88 Great Deals out of 2,885 listings starting at $7,200
Used BMW 7 Series
165 Great Deals out of 5,956 listings starting at $2,999
Used BMW 1 Series
27 Great Deals out of 1,016 listings starting at $6,800
Used BMW X3
356 Great Deals out of 12,855 listings starting at $3,495

Used Cars For Sale

2017 BMW 3 Series For Sale
114 Great Deals out of 7,712 listings starting at $26,986
2016 BMW 3 Series For Sale
66 Great Deals out of 2,535 listings starting at $19,995
2015 BMW 3 Series For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 920 listings starting at $15,885
2014 BMW 3 Series For Sale
177 Great Deals out of 4,368 listings starting at $12,995
2013 BMW 3 Series For Sale
56 Great Deals out of 1,959 listings starting at $11,900

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.