Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW 525i

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: 114,790 (69,000–256,000)
8 model years affected: 1994, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
45 people reported this problem
22 people shared problem details
Happening to me now
This is just one of many problems had with this car after 4 months from purchase. I did the research on them and thought was buying one in good condition but it has spent more time in shop than road and very costly. I'm hoping in the long run I will have it long enough to off set some of the cost. They are a dream to drive but I must be one in a few who have major problems that takes away the fun after spending over 3k already and still waiting for something else to go wrong. I sold my 2004 Impala that I had for 3yrs and no problems to buy this and it's been a nightmare. We had 3 BMW's before and I swore I'd never own another one so I got what I asked for because I missed driving them.
2002 BMW 525i125,000
small oil drips - oil somehow gets heated and there is a odor of synthetic oil being oxidized on the hot engine
2004 BMW 525i140,000
oil smell from the engine
2002 BMW 525i102,000
Engine oil leaking creating burning smell.
Leaks oil every where.
2003 BMW 525i256,000
525i 2003 BMW has had oil leaks for the past few years - I've gotten them fixed only to have them reappear again. Was recently in an accident - rear ended by another driver and the most recent repair has now reappeared. Frustrating to know that such a minor thing can just keep happening. Oil burns in the engine and I HAVE to drive with the window open or else I'm sure I'd be inhaling oil fumes and possibly be overcome. Wish there was a solid fix to this issue.
2003 BMW 525i100,000
Oil leaks.
2006 BMW 525i120,000
Smell burning oil inside and outside car. Will this hurt my car? Or just smell bad
leak from engine area and no power
2006 BMW 525i80,000
I have had the oil leak problem repaired several times. Different gaskets were repaired each time and the problem persisted.
2007 BMW 525i75,000
Puddle of oil under my car after parked in garage for 3 weeks.
Had a terrible valve leak. When the heater was running I could smell burning oil coming through the vents. So unhealthy.
2002 BMW 525i130,000
oil leaking from top side of engine. large spots on carport over night and burning smell as u drive.
2001 BMW 525i130,000
I also have oil leaks and burning oil smell from engine
2003 BMW 525i83,000
replaced valve cover gaskets
2007 BMW 525i95,000
Oil leaks, gasket needed to be replaced.
2003 BMW 525i170,000
I'm so sick of this oil burning
2002 BMW 525i140,000
Leaked while in park with engine on and then kept getting worse over time. Fixed by replacing oil pan gasket.
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