Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW 530i

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: 101,094 (7,000–250,000)
7 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2007
88 people reported this problem
45 people shared problem details
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.
2004 BMW 530i70,000
leaking oil on the ground
2004 BMW 530i90,000
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.
2005 BMW 530i99,600
Oil leaking from under the engine. Replaced valve cover gasket.
2001 BMW 530i180,764
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.
2004 BMW 530i138,662
buring smell smoke
2004 BMW 530i40,000
I have a very small oil leak from what appears to be the bottom of the engine, I cannot see any oil leak from the top. You do get a light oil burning smell from the engine when you push the engine but only from outside the car. Anyone know what the problem might be? Look forward to your help and advice
2002 BMW 530i92,000
oil smell and drops of oil on the ground under car.
2003 BMW 530i78,900
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.
2001 BMW 530i200,000
Leaks coming from the top of engine, can't exactly pinpoint it, but I have looked everywhere online and seen that a lot of people have the same thing wrong.
2001 BMW 530i130,000
Changed the valve cover gasket to find the valve cover was broken. After I replaced everything the smell went away.
2004 BMW 530i100,000
Burning oil smell shortly after turning on car. dealer has detected oil leak.
2004 BMW 530i170,000
Oil leaks from the bottom of the car
2006 BMW 530i75,000
I had the same problem. Had to replace the gasket. cost $600
2001 BMW 530i135,000
Smelled burnt oil, looked for a solution. Went to replaced valve cover gasket and I also found a crack in the valve cover.
2002 BMW 530i127,000
Oil leak with visible drips on concrete garage floor, oil residue and build up around oil pump, constant smell of burning oil. Took it to dealer, replaced all seals and gaskets. After 2 weeks, the problem is back so I'm taking the 2002 BMW 530i back to the dealer today!!
2005 BMW 530i110,000
Replace gasket
2003 BMW 530i81,000
it was leaking oil and had a burning smelling. i changed the cover gaskets and problem solved
2003 BMW 530i97,000
Oil leak under engine on the garage floor, no smell.
2001 BMW 530i87,000
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.
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