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BMW 525i Oil Leaks From Lower Engine Area

BMW 525i Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007

Average Mileage: 110,305 mi (69,000 mi - 170,000 mi)


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.

  • srose002, , 97,000 mi

    Happening to me now

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  • Visitor, , 125,000 mi

    small oil drips - oil somehow gets heated and there is a odor of synthetic oil being oxidized on the hot engine

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  •  Rookie

    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.

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  •  Rookie

    Leaks oil every where.

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  • Visitor,

    I also have oil leaks and burning oil smell from engine

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  • Visitor, , 83,000 mi

    replaced valve cover gaskets

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  • Visitor, , 95,000 mi

    Oil leaks, gasket needed to be replaced.

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  • Visitor, , 102,000 mi

    Engine oil leaking creating burning smell.

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  • Visitor, , 170,000 mi

    I'm so sick of this oil burning

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  • Visitor, , 140,000 mi

    Leaked while in park with engine on and then kept getting worse over time.
    Fixed by replacing oil pan gasket.

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