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: 95,269 (15,000–181,000)
5 model years affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, more2008
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44 people shared problem details
2005 BMW X3115,000
Burning swell of oil after engine has been running for awhile. No visible sign of oil leaks on the ground
2006 BMW X348,000
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
2004 BMW X370,000
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.
2005 BMW X3113,000
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.
2007 BMW X351,000
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 X3126,000
leak still not fixed
2004 BMW X3100,000
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.
2006 BMW X3122,450
oil leaks under car
2007 BMW X374,350
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.
2005 BMW X374,000
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.
2006 BMW X355,000
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 X391,000
Leaking oil into a compartment in engine! UGH add this to the list!
Small oil drop under car towards driver side, car runs about 3 weeks before oil light. Appears, any suggestions
2006 BMW X3135,000
I have a burning oil smell coming into car. I have oil spots on my driveway. I have to add oil to the car every 3 weeks or shorter if I have to drive alot. Car seems to run well though. What could this be and how much on average to fix it?
2006 BMW X380,000
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 X378,000
As described, burnt oil smell due to oil from valve cover gasket dripping on exhaust heat shield.
2007 BMW X3120,000
Smell of burning oil and smoking
2005 BMW X3181,000
Change valve cover gasket.
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