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.
Car Problem Reports
BMW 330i Oil Leaks From Engine Area
BMW 330i Problem
Average Mileage: 92,945 mi (45,000 mi - 165,000 mi)
Visitor, 2004 BMW 330i, 116,000 mi
Oil burning smell and smoke coming from engine compartment near windshield by driver side. The valve cover gasket was found to be the problem; it was leaking on the hot manifold. Had the valve cover casket replaced ($265). Problem fixed.
Visitor, 2003 BMW 330i, 101,000 mi
After driving the car for short distance, oil starts smelling strongly. I haven't noticed any obvious leaks in the garage, just the smell of oil more from the passenger side than the driver side.
Visitor, 2006 BMW 330i, 50,000 mi
not yet fixed...........cheaper to add oil every 3000 miles
Visitor, 2004 BMW 330i, 53,000 mi
burning smell from engine compartment. starting to show visible leakage from rt side of engine onto exhaust, hence the burning. Was quoted $250.00 for "valve cover gasket service" from local BMW house. Doing it myself for $30.00.
oil leaking from vavle gasket
Visitor, 2006 BMW 330i, 133,000 mi
Oil is dripping from valve cover onto the exhaust, creating a burning oil smell
Visitor, 2002 BMW 330i, 71,000 mi
replace valve cover gasket
I have a continuous oil leak comming from the valve cover. I take it to a bmw mechanic to have the valve cover replaced about 4 times a year.Is there a fix for this problem. PLEASE ADVICE.THXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.
Visitor, 2003 BMW 330i, 96,000 mi
First noticed a drip around 70k now has progressed to about half a qt every 5000. At 98k, now she is in the shop replacing the valve gasket. $525 out the door.
Visitor, 2004 BMW 330i, 49,000 mi
Smell of burning oil after starting engine. Valve cover gasket replaced.