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BMW X3 Oil Leaks From Engine Area

BMW X3 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Average Mileage: 90,092 mi (15,000 mi - 160,000 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, , 70,000 mi

    Smelled the engine at first. Once I actually spotted smoke after parking on an incline. Took it into European Automotive here in Atlanta. Gaskets (valve cover gasket) were just old and thus leaking oil onto other parts of the engine which in turn caused the smell and smoke. They entire bill came to around $2,400 but included getting new front brakes ($500) a radiator hose ($200) and some other little stuff. Even subtracting that stuff out, it was over $1K to repair.

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  • Visitor, , 115,000 mi

    Burning swell of oil after engine has been running for awhile. No visible sign of oil leaks on the ground

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  • Visitor, , 51,000 mi

    Within a period of 15 months I have had the same problem come up where an engine oil leak was diagnosed as coming from the valve cover gasket(at 51,000 and 59,000 miles.) Both times the evaporator was found to be leaking and was replaced, as well as, 5 gasket rings. Fortunately in both instance I was covered by an extended warranty which greatly reduced the cost to me.

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  • Visitor, , 113,000 mi

    I have a BMW X3. I got an oil change. Shortly after, a month or two later. I started to smell something burning. I took it into the dealer since I had a warranty, and they told me I had a leak. They in turn sent it to the BMW dealer.

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  • Visitor, , 74,000 mi

    Fixed the cap, but mechanic said he can't count/find how many leaks there are. Great. I am embarrassed to park anywhere but the street.

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  • Visitor, , 48,000 mi

    Im cleaning the engine and find oil near to the manifol y took the plastic cover off and ther he is oil near the sparplugs i dono what to do next

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  • Visitor, , 126,000 mi

    leak still not fixed

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  • Visitor, , 55,000 mi

    i have the same problem , but im recome go to youtube they show about to fixed and you save to much money before go to mechanic,, but dont go to dealer ,, is very spend.. , im not happy in this car, because is very low miles. what abouth in the future.. ufff?.....

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  • Visitor, , 102,000 mi

    i had same problem

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  • Visitor, , 74,350 mi

    We have replaced oil filter housing - know being told valve cover is also leaking. In addition springs were replaced and engine mount bolts broke.
    All of this before 74,000 miles. All mataince has been done by the dealer.

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