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: 94,645 (15,000–181,000)
5 model years affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, more2008
67 people reported this problem
37 people shared problem details
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 X3115,000
Burning swell of oil after engine has been running for awhile. No visible sign of oil leaks on the ground
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 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 X391,000
Leaking oil into a compartment in engine! UGH add this to the list!
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.
2005 BMW X3126,000
leak still not fixed
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?.....
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.
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 X3181,000
Change valve cover gasket.
2005 BMW X383,000
This is my 3rd oil leak since 2011.
2005 BMW X3100,360
still looking for fix
2006 BMW X3122,450
oil leaks under car
2005 BMW X3102,000
i had same problem
2006 BMW X382,000
oil leak (to me quite a lot) observed on garage floor. Not from VCG but from oil pan. Cost me $2000 to replace the gasket (the mechanic said BMW changed to a new design)...mostly labor (major dismantle) to access the pan.
Small leak at the rear of the engine.
2004 BMW X3107,111
Oil filter housing leak and oil pan also has some oil seaping out. Had a leak about 10,000 miles ago along with a leaky head gasket. Seems it could be a decent car until it hits the century mark
2006 BMW X390,100
leak from oil pan gasket
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