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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
BMW 530i Oil Leaks From Engine Area
BMW 530i Problem
Average Mileage: 97,976 mi (7,000 mi - 250,000 mi)
Oil leaking at rear of valve cover onto rear exhaust manifold. Also found exhaust manifold gasket broken. The dealer wants $1200 to replace bothe gasket sets. I'm going to attempt to replace myself and save $1100.
Visitor, 2004 BMW 530i, 70,000 mi
leaking oil on the ground
Visitor, 2004 BMW 530i, 90,000 mi
oil leak around valve cover drips on manifold causing strong burning oil smell. i would like to know how hard it would be to replace myself.
Visitor, 2005 BMW 530i, 99,600 mi
Oil leaking from under the engine. Replaced valve cover gasket.
Visitor, 2001 BMW 530i, 180,764 mi
im a mechanic, this is the boss man car. i replaced the gasket, Felpro-vs50626-r on 1/6/10,162xxx miles, im replacing it today, 11/15/10, 180764 miles,yes,he racks up the miles.the oil seems to be getting out between the rubber gasket and the plastic v/cover, not from under the gasket and aluminum head. im going see if he will spring for a new v/cover.im "old school", i like STEEL.
Visitor, 2004 BMW 530i, 138,662 mi
buring smell smoke
Visitor, 2003 BMW 530i, 78,900 mi
Burned oil smell due to power steering fluid leak at the hose and engine oil at valve cover.
Replaced valve cover gasket, replaced power steering. hose, replace power steering cap o-ring.
Visitor, 2002 BMW 530i, 92,000 mi
oil smell and drops of oil on the ground under car.
Visitor, 2003 BMW 530i, 97,000 mi
Oil leak under engine on the garage floor, no smell.
Visitor, 2001 BMW 530i, 87,000 mi
Problem was oil smell, faulty valve cover gasket in my case, replaced the gasket with some permatex ultra black gasket silicone and problem was solved (I had to grease the half-moons with it so it stops leaking). Sometimes the plastic valve cover may be warped too but it wasn't the case with my problem.