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: 95,179 (12,000–193,000)
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
164 people reported this problem
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2005 BMW X5 - 4.4L V8 77,800 mi,
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 V8 57,000 mi,
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 X5 75,000 mi,
leaking lots of oil on concrete, has not been used in 2 weeks still leaking.
2007 BMW X5 - 6 Cylinder 42,000 mi,
burning smell and oil leakage under the engin cover.
2006 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder 155,000 mi,
My car leaks oil and it looks that is coming from the engine, the oil path is messy with oil from the spill
2003 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder 127,000 mi,
Car smells of burning oil
2004 BMW X5 - 4.4L V8 70,000 mi,
Burns oil and will leave me 3 Quarts short. :/ Haven't gotten it fixed.
2001 BMW X5 - 4.4L V8 62,000 mi,
Oil leaking from valve cover gasket
2007 BMW X5 - 4.8L V8 52,000 mi,
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
2003 BMW X5 - 4.4L V8 115,000 mi,
leaked all oil at a red light
2001 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder 80,000 mi,
changed gasket
2002 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder 100,000 mi,
oil leaks from engine, no resolution from the dealership.
2008 BMW X5 - V8 100,000 mi,
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.
2007 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder 78,000 mi,
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 Cylinder 70,000 mi,
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 Cylinder 85,000 mi,
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 Cylinder 93,000 mi,
Valve cover gasket, solenoid valve, and oil filter housing are all leaking oil. Noticed a burnt oil smell and occasional smoke coming from the passenger side of the engine compartment. $900 to get it fixed. This was preceded with misfire on cylinder 1 and got ignition coil changed. Seems like oil leak might have caused the misfire.
2005 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder 130,000 mi,
smell burning oil and drops on ground
2007 BMW X5 - V8 85,600 mi,
I found that one of the common leaks on this car is the Alternator Bracket Seal. I have been told that the recommendation for oil changes on the vehicle is 15000 miles, and that will cause that seal to get hard and corroded. The seal is $5, but the labor is about $900 unless you can do it yourself.
2003 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder 90,000 mi,
Valve gasket issues