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BMW 330i Oil Leaks From Engine Area

BMW 330i Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Average Mileage: 95,847 mi (45,000 mi - 165,000 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, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 50,000 mi

    not yet fixed...........cheaper to add oil every 3000 miles

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • deputy811, , 60,000 mi

    oil leaking from vavle gasket

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  • Visitor, , 126,833 mi

    Oil leak with burning smell. Valve Cover Gasket was replaced. Another leak followed soon. It was oil filter stem this time. Just replaced.

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  • Visitor, , 82,000 mi

    It appears that the oil cover gasket and the oil filter gasket seems to leak every 10000, can't believe how terrible the quality of these parts are.

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  • Visitor, , 133,000 mi

    Oil is dripping from valve cover onto the exhaust, creating a burning oil smell

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  • Visitor, , 71,000 mi

    replace valve cover gasket

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  • jasth76, , 45,000 mi

    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.

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