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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
BMW 330i Oil Leaks From Engine Area
BMW 330i Problem
Average Mileage: 99,841 mi (45,000 mi - 176,000 mi)
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.
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, 85,000 mi
Valve cover oil leak
Visitor, 2006 BMW 330i, 45,000 mi
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.
oil leaking from vavle gasket
Visitor, 2001 BMW 330i, 116,000 mi
Smells like burning stinky from under my hood. Replaced valve cover gasket. Bam! No more drop, no more stink!
Visitor, 2003 BMW 330i, 140,000 mi
Leaking valve cover gasket. Smells like burnt oil when i open hood or even inside car with heat/air on.
Visitor, 2006 BMW 330i, 129,000 mi
still have the problem. So many leaks.