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: 92,179 (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
133 people reported this problem
68 people shared problem details
2007 BMW X575,000
leaking lots of oil on concrete, has not been used in 2 weeks still leaking.
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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?
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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.
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2007 BMW X5- 6 Cylinder42,000
burning smell and oil leakage under the engin cover.
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2003 BMW X5- 4.4L V8115,000
leaked all oil at a red light
2004 BMW X5- 4.4L V870,000
Burns oil and will leave me 3 Quarts short. :/ Haven't gotten it fixed.
2001 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder80,000
changed gasket
2001 BMW X5- 4.4L V862,000
Oil leaking from valve cover gasket
2002 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder100,000
oil leaks from engine, no resolution from the dealership.
2003 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder127,000
Car smells of burning oil
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
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....
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.
2008 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder98,000
Oil drip from valve cover gasket requires a refill of 1 qt of oil every 4000 miles.
2003 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder128,000
Strong smell of burning liquid and after a couple of weeks; white smoke from under hood. Firestone was able to take the car right away and said the oil pan gasket and power steering both were leaking. After 3 days and $2000 the leaks are fixed however still have odor lingering. Hope there are not more leaks.
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
2008 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder90,000
Had to change Valve cover gasket and seal.....$45 for the part and $395 for labor...never saw any oil leaking but they said it's pretty bad.
2006 BMW X5- 6 Cylinder179,000
Took the car to the dealer for a diagnostic (Service lights on). The SA told me there were actually two leaks; one from the Oil Filter Housing Gasket and one from the Valve Cover Gasket. I just had the Oil Pan Gasket repaired. The car was always running 1 quart low between oil changes but I never saw any oil on the ground under the car. This appears to be a common problem with several BMW's. This seems like a manufacturing issue.
2005 BMW X5- 3.0L 6 Cylinder149,000
Took oil to be changed and tech said I had major leak but I've never seen drips
2003 BMW X5- 4.4L V8
Started smelling burnt oil scent and seen visible drops on the floor area. Bought the rubber seals etc to change but not yet done.
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