Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW 330xi

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: 96,390 (50,000–160,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
34 people reported this problem
19 people shared problem details
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2002 BMW 330xi89,000
oil leaks front of engine (new valve cover gaskiet and oil panel gaskiet],
2006 BMW 330xi114,000
Oil leak enough it is constantly dripping on garge floor. Appears on left front side of engine.
slow leak/ drops of oil on driveway and burning oil smell.
2005 BMW 330xi77,000
Slow oil leak. By 134,000 miles I was adding 1 quart of oil every 3 months. Today it was diagnosed as an intermittent leak by the ventilation by the crank case something...
2003 BMW 330xi75,000
bad valve cover gasket replaced
BMW 330xi Approximately 90,000 miles. Currently have to have repair done to oil filter housing gasket. Cost approximately $460-500.
2006 BMW 330xi103,000
I have a oil leak took it to the shop and they guy said it's gonna cost me around 900 to 1000 dollars just to repl Ace the gasket
Oil leak need gasket replaced
2003 BMW 330xi61,000
Oil drip at right rear of engine onto exhaust causing burnt oil smell, I can feel oil on my finger at rear of valve cover but can't see any. Not enough to drip on floor.
2006 BMW 330xi149,000
Valve cover leaks and spark plugs are getting fouled due to it ongoing problem
2006 BMW 330xi98,000
Oil leaking from underside of engine; smell of oil burning and smoking coming from underneath engine for the 1st 5-10 everytime I start my car.
2003 BMW 330xi65,000
had this problem as well as oil filter housing gasket on both my 330xi's
2006 BMW 330xi50,000
valve cover replaced due to leak
2005 BMW 330xi79,000
Burning oil smell after a trip.
2001 BMW 330xi125,000
valve cover gasket junk
2004 BMW 330xi110,500
smells of burning oil and minor amounts of smoke from engine compartment due to oil leakage onto the manifold.
Smell of oil from engine compartment
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