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.
Average mileage: 98,499 (18,000–180,000)
44 people reported this problem
oil leak but can't find it where it's coming from.
noticed few drops of oil under the car while parked overnight.
Leaking oil from the valve gasket. I fixed it myself as I am an auto buff and have the tolls.
Car has more than one oil leak. valve cover gasket and a hose located on the front upper part of the engine are the two obvious ones. you can see and smell the oil burning off the engine at times.. The skid plate under the car is covered with oil on the upper side of it. This will all be things I will be repairing soon. I just recently purchased the car.
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.
been worked on 4 times, still not resolved.
valve cover gasket leak fixed by the dealer
Oil on the ground under vehicle after parking overnight with traces oil on top of valve cover
Every time qwhen oil change due mechanic reports an oil leak at the cover valve area and also to the oil filter base
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.
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.
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.
Valve cover started leaking and required replacing. Not bad for 11 years and 100K miles.
oil leak and smoke from engine compartment after 5 miles
Burning smell and small amount of dried up oil around valve cover.