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.
Car Problem Reports
BMW 325xi Oil leaks from engine area
BMW 325xi Problem
Average Mileage: 92,310 mi (48,000 mi - 180,000 mi)
Visitor, 2003 BMW 325xi, 140,000 mi
Brought in my car to local mechanic three times for oil leak (oil on driveway, oil light sensor on dashboard illuminated). In each case, I thought the problem was fixed but after two weeks the dashboard oil light came on again. I thought my mechanic was inexperienced with BMW's, so I took it to a BMW dealer and all seemed fine ($1,000 repair) until two weeks later when the oil light yet again appears on the dashboard. I am taking it back to the BMW dealer next week for a second time. Every possible gasket has been replaced - remember it's been "repaired" for the same problem four times now. I will update next week, but curious if there are any recalls on the specific problem. It seems unfathomable to me that I can bring this car in for repair 5 times for the same repair.
Visitor, 2003 BMW 325xi, 48,000 mi
I had the same problem with my 2003 BMW 325xi.
Visitor, 2004 BMW 325xi, 115,000 mi
oil leak all over driveway put stop leak in worked for a week started leaking again any sugesteding
oil is coming out from the motor, we change the gasket, also we trying to repair with stop leaking oil but didnt work.. Do I have to replace the whole motor?
Visitor, 2004 BMW 325xi, 99,000 mi
I had that same problem.The dealer fixed the problem but looks they added too much oil.and i had a leak for a month
now the leak is gone and the oil level is normal.
Visitor, 2003 BMW 325xi, 65,000 mi
Valve cover gromets leaking causing oil leek into spark plug ports.
Leaking oil from caskets. replaced - not covered on warranty
Visitor, 2005 BMW 325xi, 69,342 mi
oil is dripping on my driveway from my car!