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 325i Oil Leaks From Lower Engine Area
BMW 325i Problem
Average Mileage: 97,942 mi (10,000 mi - 260,000 mi)
Visitor, 2003 BMW 325i, 120,000 mi
Oil leak from the gasket, where the filter assmbly attaches to the engine. :o/
leaking from two areas, valve cover gasket and oil filter housing.
oil smell, leaking from valve cover gasket onto exhaust manifold
Visitor, 2004 BMW 325i, 85,000 mi
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
Visitor, 2003 BMW 325i, 10,100 mi
valve cover gasket replaced
Visitor, 2002 BMW 325i, 112,000 mi
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.
Visitor, 2002 BMW 325i, 190,000 mi
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.
Visitor, 2002 BMW 325i, 14,034 mi
Unexplained Oil Leak Dealer Could Not Find or Fix.
Visitor, 2001 BMW 325i, 120,000 mi
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.
Visitor, 2004 BMW 325i, 86,000 mi
continuous oil leak. replace oil pan now its the oil gasket