Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW X5

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: 92,410 (29,000–193,000)
Engines affected: 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 4.4L V8, 4.6L V8, 4.8L V8, 6 Cylinder, V8
9 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
142 people reported this problem
74 people shared problem details
2005 BMW X5- 4.4L V877,800
smell of burning oil and slight oil leak on floor of garage. Car is at repair facility now. Any idea of costs or problem anyone?
2005 BMW X5- 4.4L V857,000
when the car is idling for more than 2 min or more a smoke is coming out of the exhaust and a smell or burning oil.
2007 BMW X575,000
leaking lots of oil on concrete, has not been used in 2 weeks still leaking.
2007 BMW X5- 6 Cylinder42,000
burning smell and oil leakage under the engin cover.
2003 BMW X5- 4.4L V8115,000
leaked all oil at a red light
2001 BMW X5- 4.4L V862,000
Oil leaking from valve cover gasket
2004 BMW X5- 4.4L V870,000
Burns oil and will leave me 3 Quarts short. :/ Haven't gotten it fixed.
2003 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder127,000
Car smells of burning oil
2001 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder80,000
changed gasket
2002 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder100,000
oil leaks from engine, no resolution from the dealership.
2006 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder155,000
My car leaks oil and it looks that is coming from the engine, the oil path is messy with oil from the spill
2007 BMW X5- 4.8L V852,000
6 mos after an oil change at 40000 + miles, my Oil Light went on. I checked the oil levels in car and sure enough it was at mininum. I went back to the shop that made the oil change and said WTF, as there was no indication of a problem at the time. Within 2 secs techinician that had serviced my car pointed out source of leak which was in the area of Pump/timing cover gaskets... and also said this was a common problem... How can BMW get away with such crappy quality on their vehicles that are supposed to be high end. I plan not to fix it, as they qouted $1600 to replace gaskets. Time to go american
2005 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder85,000
We are the original owners of this 2005 X% 3.0 and had the vehicle towed into our local Service Dept. (ETow was required due to an Engine Failsafe indicator popping up while the car shut down/stopped operating while in motion - Service says the issue that caused that problem is an Ignition Switch issue?) and were advised that the Valve Cover Gasket is leaking and should be replaced as well. Also advised that the CV Boots on the front Transaxle are worn out and need to be replaced. Ouch, $2K in total repairs this time around, and yet, we have maintained very well, are original owners so no how we have driven it (gently over the years), and it only has 85K miles. Again, ouch.
2007 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder78,000
BMW X5 is such a waste. At 70K, my waterpump and thermostat got messed up. My suspension air bag got messed and now leaking oil. Never recommend BMW X5 again.
2006 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder70,000
engine burning oil(quarts in between oil change). dealer says "that's normal" I say, not buying another bmw is normal They must think uneducated people buy their cars....
2007 BMW X5- V889,600
After idling, car began to smoke. Took it into the shop and they said the valve seals need to be replaced, oil is leaking onto engine causing it to smoke. Also found that the coolant was leaking. Crossing fingers that the warranty that I purchased with the vehicle will cover most of the costs.
2001 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder
oil leaking for engine
2008 BMW X5- V8100,000
Oil leakage started as a nuisance with small drops but has turned into a serious leak. By the way, I have a total of 4 BMW's - 2 of the others (X3's) have also developed oil leaks - one repaired. All cars have had ALL scheduled maintenance performed.
2008 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder71,099
Our Vehicle started smoking from the engine bay i come to find out its a oil leak. Mechanics say its a valve cover gasket.
2007 BMW X5- V8120,000
I took my 2007 X5 in to my indie shop for a leak repair...after I get it back, it's smoking like crazy and leaking oil into the exhaust some how. It was completely fine, minus the small leak that I was having repaired. Now it smokes like crazy under the hood whenever I stop at traffic lights and when I park and shut the engine off(it smokes the most then). When I'm on the highway and step on the gas, it smokes a lot. The back of my car is covered in smoke whenever I commute between boston and New York. My mechanic has been in 4 times to fix whatever is causing this but has been unsuccessful. Can anyone help?
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