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

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: 78,733 (13,500–195,000)
9 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
121 people reported this problem
69 people shared problem details
2007 BMW 328i42,000
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.
2008 BMW 328i55,000
the computer says that the car has no oil and leaks drops of oil.how can i fix this problem?
2008 BMW 328i80,000
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
2007 BMW 328i92,000
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.
2009 BMW 328i68,000
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.
Smoking coming under hood passenger side only when I started in the morning then goes away
2007 BMW 328i59,819
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
2007 BMW 328i66,000
smell of burning rubber when the heater is turned on
2007 BMW 328i24,800
Valve cover gasket is being replaced.
2007 BMW 328i76,000
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.
2007 BMW 328i52,000
Oil leaks from valve cover
2007 BMW 328i13,500
Dealer told me slow oil leak and recommended replacing gasket. Replace gasket at 13500 moles. The last BMW I buy.
2007 BMW 328i62,000
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.
2007 BMW 328i100,000
Oil leak. And change oil seal between transmission and engine and oil sumpan gasket
2007 BMW 328i119,000
Oil leaking
2011 BMW 328i64,000
Burning smell coming from vents even after oil change and oil system cleaned. I had to replace a valve gasket
2008 BMW 328i65,000
I had the valve gasket cover replaced twice, once in 2013 while under the 6 yr 100k cpo warranty and again at 90k miles six months ago. It appears this is a common problem. The second time I went to a independent bmw mechanic, much more reasonably priced.
2008 BMW 328i181,700
Smoke filling the inside of my car and coming out of the front of my car. Burning oil smell; fumes everywhere
1997 BMW 328i93,000
Typical symptoms--burning smell from engine compartment.
2008 BMW 328i80,000
Burning oil smell inside passenger compartment at 1st start up sometimes even after driving for a while. I could see oil on the metal lip right at the valve cover directly over the exhaust manifold.(passenger side) Saw white smoke come from that area obviously oil dripping on exhaust pipes.
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