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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 117,466 (69,000–256,000)
8 model years affected: 1994, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
50 people reported this problem
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oil leak lower engine area next to oil pan
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.
oil leaking from top side of engine. large spots on carport over night and burning smell as u drive.
small oil drips - oil somehow gets heated and there is a odor of synthetic oil being oxidized on the hot engine
I have had the oil leak problem repaired several times. Different gaskets were repaired each time and the problem persisted.
oil smell from the engine
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.
Engine oil leaking creating burning smell.
Happening to me now
Leaks oil every where.
Puddle of oil under my car after parked in garage for 3 weeks.
Oil leaks.
Definitely leaks oil from valve cover gasket.
replaced valve cover gaskets
The gasket on the oil filter housing was dried up and brittle and oil was dripping from that dripping down the engine and onto the ground a burning smell all the time and losing between a quart and a quart and a half every week to week and 3 days horrible situation
leak from engine area and no power
Had a terrible valve leak. When the heater was running I could smell burning oil coming through the vents. So unhealthy.
I also have oil leaks and burning oil smell from engine
Oil leaks, gasket needed to be replaced.