Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW 323Ci

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: 112,333 (80,000–165,000)
1 model year affected: 2000
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2000 BMW 323Ci 165,000 mi,
Leaking oil
2000 BMW 323Ci 92,000 mi,
Had a mechanic check it out and he said it would be okay to drive for a while. He said it wouldn't leak a significant amount of oil and that the smell of burning oil would probably prompt me to want to fix it ASAP. Wants $330 to fix it.
2000 BMW 323Ci 80,000 mi,
burning oil smell