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BMW 330Ci Oil Leaks From Engine Area

BMW 330Ci Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Average Mileage: 95,849 mi (56,000 mi - 180,000 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.

  • Visitor, , 82,000 mi

    noticed few drops of oil under the car while parked overnight.

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  • Visitor, , 145,000 mi

    oil leak but can't find it where it's coming from.

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  • Visitor, , 119,000 mi

    been worked on 4 times, still not resolved.

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    valve cover gasket leak fixed by the dealer

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  • Visitor, , 68,000 mi

    Leaking oil from the valve gasket. I fixed it myself as I am an auto buff and have the tolls.

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  • Visitor, , 180,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 77,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 124,600 mi

    No fix yet

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  • Visitor, , 60,000 mi

    Oil leak engine

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  • gchatman, , 112,000 mi

    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.

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