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Had a joint replaced on my front nearside suspension on the i3 Rex last week, after 20,000 miles. I had noticed a VERY slight grinding noise when I moved the steering wheel left or right from the nearside. This happened when stationary, or in motion, was always the same very quiet. it developed quite suddenly 1 week before I reported it. to be honest it sounded like a brake hose rubbing very slightly on the body work when the steering was moved.
I was surprised to find the joint needed replacing after only 20K miles. I was also surprised that apparently the technician very quickly diagnosed it (and I grew up around cars, my dad was a mechanic) and even had the parts in stock to repair it the same day! My suspicion, this is not the first time it's happened. It was the same with my perishing door seals, they had had the problem before and again had the parts in stock.
I suggest owners might want to check their cars. The check is quite simple. drive slowly forwards (walking pace) and move the steering lock to lock. if you hear a slight grinding from one side, or even both sides, consider getting your car checked.