Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW X3

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: 95,314 (15,000–181,000)
5 model years affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, more2008
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2006 BMW X3 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
2005 BMW X3 115,000 mi,
Burning swell of oil after engine has been running for awhile. No visible sign of oil leaks on the ground
2004 BMW X3 100,000 mi,
Massive oil leak on way to town in winter. Had smelled oil intermittently before but barely noticeable. No spots on ground before the major leak. Parked until now (spring). Lots of oil on underside and exhaust. No idea where it's coming from. No problems with this vehicle until this.
2005 BMW X3 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.
2004 BMW X3 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.
2007 BMW X3 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.
2007 BMW X3 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.
2005 BMW X3 126,000 mi,
leak still not fixed
2007 BMW X3 91,000 mi,
Leaking oil into a compartment in engine! UGH add this to the list!
2006 BMW X3 122,450 mi,
oil leaks under car
2006 BMW X3 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?.....
2007 BMW X3 120,000 mi,
Smell of burning oil and smoking
2005 BMW X3 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.
2004 BMW X3 162,000 mi,
I dont know the oil drip from. There is oil drip under the vehicle. My one x3 my05. I took to the mec today he said put seal between engine and transmission. I hope it is solve the problem. Still waiting the result
2004 BMW X3 92,000 mi,
after 3 minutes engine warm up i can smell the burned oil inside my truck, its really a bummer.
2006 BMW X3 80,000 mi,
Car periodically has burning oil smell and smoke swells that rise from the engine and come through the vents in the car. Only happens periodically. No signs of oil leaks as bone dry under vehicle and no visible signs of oil under the hood. Anyone have any fixes or similar problem?
Started leaking oil on the passenger side smoke from under the hood. Looks like spray when i look at theengine.
Oil leak with brining smell. Replaced engine oil pan and gasket at approx 75k miles for $900. Now there is a second oil leak near the oil filter gasket which will cost about $350 at 82k miles
2005 BMW X3 78,000 mi,
As described, burnt oil smell due to oil from valve cover gasket dripping on exhaust heat shield.
2005 BMW X3 181,000 mi,
Change valve cover gasket.