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BMW 328i Oil Leaks From Lower Engine Area

BMW 328i Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009

Average Mileage: 78,785 mi (13,500 mi - 175,000 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, , 42,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 68,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 13,500 mi

    Dealer told me slow oil leak and recommended replacing gasket. Replace gasket at 13500 moles. The last BMW I buy.

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  • Visitor, , 59,819 mi

    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

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  • Visitor, , 52,000 mi

    Oil leaks from valve cover

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  • Visitor, , 66,000 mi

    smell of burning rubber when the heater is turned on

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  • Visitor, , 80,000 mi

    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

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  • Visitor, , 62,000 mi

    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.

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  •  Rookie

    Oil leaked on the ground and the smell of it burning off engine

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  • Visitor, , 55,000 mi

    Same problem. Noticed smoke coming from the engine and opened it up. Oil leak from the head gasket and the dealership says it might have a cracked valve gasket cover as well. This was already replaced on my car by the previous owner at 22000 miles and more reported work at 27000.

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