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.
Car Problem Reports
BMW 530i Oil Leaks From Engine Area
BMW 530i Problem
Average Mileage: 97,017 mi (13,100 mi - 180,764 mi)
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, 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, 2004 BMW 530i, 70,000 mi
leaking oil on the ground
Visitor, 2005 BMW 530i, 99,600 mi
Oil leaking from under the engine. Replaced valve cover gasket.
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, 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, 121,223 mi
Burnt smell and drip on ground.
Visitor, 2001 BMW 530i, 146,000 mi
Burning smell under hood when you stop.
Visitor, 2003 BMW 530i, 116,000 mi
I have an oil pan leak and a valve gasket leak. Looks like a pretty simple fix for the mechanically inclined.