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BMW 325xi Oil leaks from engine area

BMW 325xi Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Average Mileage: 126,974 mi (48,000 mi - 760,000 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, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 48,000 mi

    I had the same problem with my 2003 BMW 325xi.

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  • Visitor, , 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!

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  • StoneyK, , 150,000 mi

    valve cover gasket and oil filter housing gasket and oil separator with 4 hoses were replaced.

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  • Visitor, , 115,000 mi

    oil leak all over driveway put stop leak in worked for a week started leaking again any sugesteding

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    Valve cover gromets leaking causing oil leek into spark plug ports.

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  • Visitor, , 69,342 mi

    oil is dripping on my driveway from my car!

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  • Visitor, , 760,000 mi

    Oil leaking onto driveway, burning smell while driving.

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  • Visitor, , 190,000 mi

    slow oil leak now leaking a lot more. told by small town mechanic its the oil filter housing gasket.

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  • Visitor, , 78,000 mi

    Oil dripping onto the exhaust, especially on an incline. Very strong odor of burning oil.

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