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 Z4 Oil Leaks From Engine Area
BMW Z4 Problem
Average Mileage: 82,453 mi (34,000 mi - 108,000 mi)
Visitor, 2005 BMW Z4, 60,000 mi
Haven't found the leak...but I am starting to smell the oil burning from some place.
Visitor, 2003 BMW Z4, 34,000 mi
Burning smell and visible oil leak on the passenger side of the valve cover.
Visitor, 2003 BMW Z4, 57,000 mi
Valve cover gasket damaged
You can see visible smoke after several minutes turning on the engine
Visitor, 2003 BMW Z4, 92,000 mi
Burning oil smell
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
Visitor, 2003 BMW Z4, 104,500 mi
changing valve cover gasket this week end. also plugs and oil change.
Visitor, 2003 BMW Z4, 57,400 mi
Valve cover gasket leaking oil onto the header or hot surface below.
Visible smoke and oil leak when opening the hood
Visitor, 2003 BMW Z4, 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.
Visitor, 2003 BMW Z4, 56,000 mi
I bought the car knowing about the slight oil leak from the valve cover gasket. It's small but the smell is starting to annoy me.
I believe that the oil is leaking from the rear of the valve cover. Oil is dripping on the exhaust and smoking. A drop at a time about every minute.