Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW 325xi

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: 101,850 (13,000–190,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
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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.
2004 BMW 325xi 115,000 mi,
oil leak all over driveway put stop leak in worked for a week started leaking again any sugesteding
2005 BMW 325xi 69,342 mi,
oil is dripping on my driveway from my car!
2003 BMW 325xi 48,000 mi,
I had the same problem with my 2003 BMW 325xi.
2003 BMW 325xi 95,000 mi,
The engine has been burning oil for a few years now! Im being told it's the rear main seal. How the hell could that be leaking at 50-60k !!! Bmw was a massive mistake these cars have massive issues! For an expensive car they arent built well! I know so many bmw owners that have some kind of oil burning issue. Bmw needs to do a recall on their damn seals!
Had the gasket replaced.
valve cover gasket and oil filter housing gasket and oil separator with 4 hoses were replaced.
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.
2003 BMW 325xi 65,000 mi,
Valve cover gromets leaking causing oil leek into spark plug ports.
2002 BMW 325xi 120,863 mi,
Oil leaking from engine and coming into contact with exhaust. Causes slight smoke and smell.
Constant burning smell and oil problems
2004 BMW 325xi 164,000 mi,
minor oil leak
2003 BMW 325xi 120,000 mi,
Burning oil smell from engine, burns about a quart between changes
2005 BMW 325xi 150,000 mi,
moved my sons car out of garage and found large amount of oil. while driving car is smoking and smells bad.
2003 BMW 325xi 128,000 mi,
Replaced head gasket, $400
Oil leaking onto driveway, burning smell while driving.
2003 BMW 325xi 190,000 mi,
slow oil leak now leaking a lot more. told by small town mechanic its the oil filter housing gasket.
2004 BMW 325xi 78,000 mi,
Oil dripping onto the exhaust, especially on an incline. Very strong odor of burning oil.
2005 BMW 325xi 101,000 mi,
Looking for a solution
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?