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BMW Z4 Oil Leaks From Engine Area

BMW Z4 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2004, 2005

Average Mileage: 80,528 mi (34,000 mi - 108,000 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, , 60,000 mi

    Haven't found the leak...but I am starting to smell the oil burning from some place.

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  • Visitor, , 57,000 mi

    Valve cover gasket damaged
    You can see visible smoke after several minutes turning on the engine
    Easy fix

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  • Visitor, , 92,000 mi

    Burning oil smell

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  • Visitor, , 34,000 mi

    Burning smell and visible oil leak on the passenger side of the valve cover.

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  • Visitor, , 108,000 mi

    after change aftermarket part, it helped the leaking from the side but the engine oil still leak about 1L per 1500 miles.

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  • cnbsj, , 108,000 mi

    oil leaks from motor on driver side looks it could be comong from head gasket but not sure and the car when is hot and in park the idle is like is going to stole

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  •  Rookie

    Oil was leaking cloud of smoke and burning smell, had the gasket and engine cover changed, now I have an engine check light, so I'll find out what that is, but I did add oil and it went away, 3 days later it came back so I'm not sure, but no performance problems what so ever.

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  • Visitor, , 55,500 mi

    Getting gradually worse, no drip-taking to my private mechanic

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  • Visitor, , 104,500 mi

    changing valve cover gasket this week end. also plugs and oil change.

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  • Visitor, , 57,400 mi

    Valve cover gasket leaking oil onto the header or hot surface below.
    Visible smoke and oil leak when opening the hood

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