Problem Description and Possible Solution
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.
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Average mileage: 99,616 (40,987–176,000)
74 people reported this problem
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.
not yet fixed...........cheaper to add oil every 3000 miles
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 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.
oil leaking from vavle gasket
A classmate and I noticed leakages from around the engine while changing the oil. Idk if the oil smells bad? by the way we put 6qrts of 5w-30 Full Synthetic...
still have the problem. So many leaks.
Oil smell inside car, was result of oil gasket leak due to two broken bolts. Mechanic indicated that this is a common problem and there is a service bulletin that adjusts the torque specs when installing new bolts. Cost was $800.
I have a oil leak under the bottom of my car I got that fixed income to find out it's one on the top of my car right there where you put oil filter
I have a 2006 BMW 330i with valve cover leak that is flooding the 3rd spark plug tube. I discovered it when I changed the spark plugs and ignition coils for the 100,000 mile tune up. It has not been fixed yet.
Oil drips in garage. Burnt oil smell and smoke under the hood. Changed gasket.
I cant find where my leak is exactly but i know its happening. sometimes when i stop at a light or stop sign i can see smoke from oil burning.
Have had a number of oil leak. Fix two of them and there are still drops.
Oil drips and creates smell of burning oil.Looks like Casket needs replacement.
Also I think my struts are in need of replacment.
Noticed strong oil burning smell, and found leak during spark plug replacement. Quoted $575 from local foreign shop. Service manual evidently says 5 hours, which seems steep since I was just a couple steps away from removing the cover when I did the spark plugs.
Smells like burning stinky from under my hood. Replaced valve cover gasket. Bam! No more drop, no more stink!
Leaking valve cover gasket. Smells like burnt oil when i open hood or even inside car with heat/air on.