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: 106,339 (48,000–190,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
53 people reported this problem
27 people shared problem details
2003 BMW 325xi140,000
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.
2005 BMW 325xi160,000
Not seeing an oil leak but I have to keep adding oil. The oil light keeps coming on..(Bmw 325xi)
2005 BMW 325xi69,342
oil is dripping on my driveway from my car!
2003 BMW 325xi48,000
I had the same problem with my 2003 BMW 325xi.
It juts burn the oil. The car needs 1/4 every week! You dont see oil under the car or smell it. It just gone in a week
2003 BMW 325xi95,000
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!
2004 BMW 325xi115,000
oil leak all over driveway put stop leak in worked for a week started leaking again any sugesteding
valve cover gasket and oil filter housing gasket and oil separator with 4 hoses were replaced.
2003 BMW 325xi65,000
Valve cover gromets leaking causing oil leek into spark plug ports.
2001 BMW 325xi112,000
Engine compartment on passenger side I have and oil leak. Looks like it is leaking from the valve cover gasket. Traces of oil drips are all over my garage floor. My concern is that the oil will drop on to exhaust and catch fire. Can't afford to send it to a dealer to fix so I deal with it. Not a good characteristics for BMW because it seems many people have the same problem. Should be a recall.
Had the gasket replaced.
2002 BMW 325xi120,863
Oil leaking from engine and coming into contact with exhaust. Causes slight smoke and smell.
2004 BMW 325xi99,000
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 325xi130,000
Oil filter housing had gasket ($5.00) failure causing constant oil leak.
2002 BMW 325xi100,000
Took it to repair shop twice they resealed oil filter housing, replaced oil feed hose. Didn't help, still burned oil. It was the cyclone separator which controls the PCV system
2003 BMW 325xi120,000
Burning oil smell from engine, burns about a quart between changes
2004 BMW 325xi80,000
pushing oil on to manifold causing smoke to come up from hood, #1 spark plug filling up with oil, replaced valve cover gasket, 2 weeks later same problem found cracked head. 4,000 bucks to repair.
2005 BMW 325xi150,000
moved my sons car out of garage and found large amount of oil. while driving car is smoking and smells bad.
2003 BMW 325xi128,000
Replaced head gasket, $400
Oil leaking onto driveway, burning smell while driving.
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