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.
Car Problem Reports
BMW X3 Oil Leaks From Engine Area
BMW X3 Problem
Average Mileage: 94,757 mi (48,000 mi - 137,000 mi)
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 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
Visitor, 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
Visitor, 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?.....
Engine oil leakage at top cyclinder cover
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 2004 BMW X3, 67,400 mi
Burning oil smell from 2004 BMW X3, 3.0 when engine is warm
Problem: Valve Cover Gasket
Visitor, 2007 BMW X3, 69,000 mi
burnig oil smell from engine.
Visitor, 2005 BMW X3, 60,000 mi
Wife complained of "buring smell' while driving. I found oil leaking from valve cover gasket and dripping onto exhaust. I replaced gasket, problem solved.
Visitor, 2004 BMW X3, 96,000 mi
lots of smoke was coming from the hood and I was concerned so the same problem here reported about the gasket cover needed replacing. My mechanic told me that if it wasn't resolved that I may end up with an engine fire. That did not sound good.
Get it taken care of everyone.