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BMW 325Ci Oil Leaks From Engine Area

BMW 325Ci Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Average Mileage: 88,616 mi (12,500 mi - 150,000 mi)


Valve cover gasket leaks are common after 60,000 miles. Symptoms will include oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment.

  • Visitor, , 110,000 mi

    I had 3 oil leaks, oil pressure sensor, oil filter gasket and oil seals. This car has cost me a fortune to repair. NEVER AGAIN will I get a BMW

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  • k1seman, , 125,000 mi

    i have just replaced the valve cover gasket and the leak seams worse, this the 2nd gasket i have put on in the last 6 months. i was very careful with the installation and it seemed to seat down properly. i have a new oil sending unit but have not installed it yet. problem #2 i seem to be losing coolant but can find no leaks. any ideas on either one of these.

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  • Visitor, , 111,111 mi

    I don't have the oil drips, but whenever I'm excelling up an incline or "putting my foot into it" on a hill, I smell this strange odor - burning oil. A lot of people never can smell it - only me.

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  •  Rookie

    Replace valve cover gasket

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  • Visitor, , 76,700 mi

    I had started the car on a cold day, I let it warm up for a few minutes, then headed out. When I came to a red light, I noticed a burning oil smell coming into the cabin. I immediately took the car to my trusted garage who then told me it was the valve cover gasket. I had them repair/replace it.

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  • Visitor, , 125,000 mi

    I was lucky that this has happened so late in the vehicle's life, but was still expensive to repair. The bolts used to attach the valve cover are of inferior quality- something addressed in later BMW E9X models. These bolts tend to shear due to a combination of weak material, the canter of the engine within the bay, and torque upon startup/ spirited driving. Once a bolt shears it can cause a gap between the cover and gasket or damage the gasket enough to cause a leak.

    In my case, 2 valve cover bolts sheared as well as 2 bolts holding the intake manifold onto the engine. I lost about 2 quarts in the span of 2 days- a pretty substantial leak if you ask me. Total cost at an Indy shop was ~$1000 including gaskets/ bolts/ oil/ labor. This is something you can do at home if you have the time (I didn't) and is fairly straight forward... No lift or special tools required if you already have a torque wrench.

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  • Visitor, , 96,000 mi

    It burns oil. It has not been fixed

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  • Visitor, , 125,000 mi

    smoke from engine on left back side, barely noticeable,funny smell an oil spots near spark plug, im thinkin its the value cover gasket, how can i be sure,

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  • dwertz, , 103,000 mi

    I replaced the valve cover gasket myself. Very easy job.

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