Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW 330Ci

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: 123,568 (56,000–890,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
39 people reported this problem
17 people shared problem details
2004 BMW 330Ci82,000
noticed few drops of oil under the car while parked overnight.
2002 BMW 330Ci145,000
oil leak but can't find it where it's coming from.
2002 BMW 330Ci119,000
been worked on 4 times, still not resolved.
2006 BMW 330Ci65,000
valve cover gasket leak fixed by the dealer
2004 BMW 330Ci68,000
Leaking oil from the valve gasket. I fixed it myself as I am an auto buff and have the tolls.
2005 BMW 330Ci80,000
After running for about 5 miles I can smell the oil burning on the block or manifold or another hot surface...then it goes away. Levels check out..have had the mechanic check it out, he has theories but I'm going to wait to have it fixed.
2006 BMW 330Ci118,248
oil leaks from my engine
Every time qwhen oil change due mechanic reports an oil leak at the cover valve area and also to the oil filter base
2001 BMW 330Ci180,000
Smelling strong fumes from engine compartment in cab of car...smoke from tailpipe blows white smoke if car sits more than 1 day then is started until I used oil stablizer.
2001 BMW 330Ci77,000
Easy repair by removing valve cover gasket and 40 dollar in parts. You tube video is available. If you are efficient should take 1 hr or less. Engine smokes from oil leak. Also spark plug sockets will fill with oil due to gasket leaks. These are included with gasket kit.
2001 BMW 330Ci124,600
No fix yet
2001 BMW 330Ci60,000
Oil leak engine
I just purchased a 2001 330ci and immediately I noticed that I had a really bad oil leak. It leaks easily from the right hand side, I am assuming that it is the valve covers , but I haven't had time to investigated it yet, I haven't jacked it up or anything to look under it. So I don't have anything to report as to the fix, hopefully when I do I'll remember to come back to the website and report my findings and the fix.
2002 BMW 330Ci101,000
Valve cover started leaking and required replacing. Not bad for 11 years and 100K miles.
Leaking oil from engine.
2004 BMW 330Ci81,000
oil leak and smoke from engine compartment after 5 miles
Burning smell and small amount of dried up oil around valve cover.
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