Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW 330i

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: 98,670 (40,987–176,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
72 people reported this problem
35 people shared problem details
2003 BMW 330i101,000
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.
2004 BMW 330i53,000
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.
2006 BMW 330i50,000
not yet fixed...........cheaper to add oil every 3000 miles
2004 BMW 330i116,000
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...
2006 BMW 330i129,000
still have the problem. So many leaks.
2006 BMW 330i85,000
Valve cover oil leak
2006 BMW 330i45,000
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.
2003 BMW 330i50,000
Oil drips in garage. Burnt oil smell and smoke under the hood. Changed gasket.
2002 BMW 330i160,000
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.
2005 BMW 330i100,000
Have had a number of oil leak. Fix two of them and there are still drops.
2003 BMW 330i65,000
Oil drips and creates smell of burning oil.Looks like Casket needs replacement. Also I think my struts are in need of replacment.
2006 BMW 330i67,000
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.
2004 BMW 330i106,000
oil leak. burning smell
2001 BMW 330i116,000
Smells like burning stinky from under my hood. Replaced valve cover gasket. Bam! No more drop, no more stink!
2003 BMW 330i140,000
Leaking valve cover gasket. Smells like burnt oil when i open hood or even inside car with heat/air on.
2004 BMW 330i130,000
same problem...leaking oil under the head gasket and running onto exhaust manifold below...burning oil smell comes into car...haven't fixed, just been adding a quart of oil every 3 months...getting tired of it though
2006 BMW 330i85,000
Valve cover gasket
2004 BMW 330i74,000
Oil smell in car plus oil drivers side of engine block
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