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Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW 328i

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: 78,230 (13,500–195,000)
10 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
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Each time I start my car I have the typical rough start and smell a strong burning oil smell. Cold starts, long drives, it always produces this odor. My car has used over one quart of oil in one month, 3500 miles, and the dealer says this is normal? Needless to say, I am calling customer service.
the computer says that the car has no oil and leaks drops of oil.how can i fix this problem?
When start the engine the smoke comes out for several minutes and smels like oil burning after a while it's stops and it started at 60.000 miles but wasn;t that bad now at 80.000 started to be worse
Smoking coming under hood passenger side only when I started in the morning then goes away
Took my car in for an oil change. Said that they saw seepage from the valve gasket. A car that has been driven ~13,000 a year and has this serious of a problem? Really? I would expect more from BMW. Not sure Ill be returning to this brand. I want luxury, and I dont need to pay for it over and over. Luxury should equate to quality. Ive had Nissans last 245,000 miles without needing more than common maintenence, that cost me literally tens of thousands less to buy.
I too have the same problem... I was also told that after three years BMWs start to have problems.
The typical one being the oil leak. Be sure to check you oil pan as well.
Just spent 4K replacing a PLASTIC valve cove that had cracked, sensors and ignition coils. The oil leak had gotten onto the engine coils and the engine was misfiring. Now I learn that this is a common problem. The mechanic referred to my 328i as a 'high mileage' car. If 76K is high milage for a car that's been regularly serviced at the dealer it will be the last BMW I buy. Can't believe they use plastic for engine parts that get this hot. Incredible. Shame on you BMW.
Valve cover gasket is being replaced.
smell of burning rubber when the heater is turned on
Noticed oil burning on the exhuast manafold after a short drive. Took it in to the shop and i was told the valve vover had been cracked and that it needed to be replaced
Oil leaks from valve cover
Smoke coming out from the front of car and you can smell oil burning. Mechanic found oil leak around valve cover gasket. Not fixed yet.
Dealer told me slow oil leak and recommended replacing gasket. Replace gasket at 13500 moles. The last BMW I buy.
Smoke filling the inside of my car and coming out of the front of my car. Burning oil smell; fumes everywhere
Oil leak. And change oil seal between transmission and engine and oil sumpan gasket
Burning smell coming from vents even after oil change and oil system cleaned. I had to replace a valve gasket
Oil leaking
Typical symptoms--burning smell from engine compartment.
changed value cover gaucet and rubber gaucets around the spark plugs. Oil was leaking in the spark plub chamber and mechanic cleaned out and dried.
Need to add quart every 1200 miles