Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW 325i

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: 98,870 (10,000–260,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
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2003 BMW 325i120,000
Oil leak from the gasket, where the filter assmbly attaches to the engine. :o/
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leaking from two areas, valve cover gasket and oil filter housing.
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2004 BMW 325i85,000
oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment. The repair called for a crank case vent valve & oil filter housing gasket $988 at the BMW shop, when I priced it in other shops they quoted me $140 so we'll see if that's true, they seem to be very familiar with it, so we'll see
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oil smell, leaking from valve cover gasket onto exhaust manifold
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2002 BMW 325i190,000
oil leaks coming from OIL LINE hose, smells and smokes of oil burning from under the hood. easy to replace. need to remove the air filter housing.
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2002 BMW 325i112,000
Oil leaking from the gasket, dripping on exhaust and causing smoke to come up through the hood. This is the second time I am replacing the valve cover gaskets in 15k miles.
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2003 BMW 325i10,100
valve cover gasket replaced
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2004 BMW 325i86,000
continuous oil leak. replace oil pan now its the oil gasket
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2002 BMW 325i14,034
Unexplained Oil Leak Dealer Could Not Find or Fix.
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2001 BMW 325i120,000
I smell burning oil, its def a small leak coming from the engine so I assume its the valve cover gasket. you dont notice it unless the car is running and isnt moving. You dont notice it at all while driving, even if its stop go city BS.
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2001 BMW 325i109,913
Had same oil smell and ocational oil drops on garage floor . Solution : I replace head cover gaskets and oil housing gasket . Bought all parts at Bavarian auto ( bavauto.com)and the most satisfation I got, I did it myself !. I folloewd a video on youtube and it was a spoon of iceream !!! lol. By the way if water pump and thermostat has not been replace in a long time , it's the best time to do it then , you have to take out the fan and all belts so why not do it right away ? right ? do not forget you need a special tool to losen the fan ( bought mine on ebay ). I advice all you people that have this oil leak issues to do it as soon as your wallet allows you beacuse if you do not , the hot oil will eventually eat out all your motor mounts and everything that is call rubber and do not forget your sensors ( very sensitive to hot oil ). I saved in a big way by doing it myself ( it helps having the right tools )check out the DIY video and have fun doing it yourself and save your money . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy0EKjuxlpY Just to let you guys know one shop was charging me 1,600.00 to do this job. I am glad I did not fall for that rip off.. WELL HOPE THIS CAN HELP.. Be safe !!
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2004 BMW 325i100,000
oil leak and smell with thick white smoke coming from tail pipe real bad
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2001 BMW 325i80,000
Oil filter housing gasket leaking. Valve cover gasket leaking. Oil separator has gone bad.
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2001 BMW 325i14,500
leaking gasket ,oil leaking from top to bottom. been not fixed.
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2006 BMW 325i49,000
i bought the car as new from the dealer , leaks are common after 60,000 miles. Symptoms will include oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment.the same as i told you that my leak and dripping under my BMW 325i, can the dealer fix it for no charge ?please be advise
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2004 BMW 325i140,000
Im on my third oil leak...the latest is the valve cover..smashing..
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Same smell, like burning exhaust
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2004 BMW 325i51,000
oil filter housing gasket..$750 repair at firestone
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2003 BMW 325i160,000
I have leak from two areas its coming from the bottom. Drips on the Ground. I don't thing its leaking from the ENGINE because if it was the oil light will go off it will tell to add engine oil. please help me if that happen to you. on BMW 325i
2003 BMW 325i83,000
looks like valve cover gasket
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