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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
BMW 325xi Oil leaks from engine area
BMW 325xi Problem
Average Mileage: 96,651 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.
valve cover gasket and oil filter housing gasket and oil separator with 4 hoses were replaced.
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
Visitor, 2003 BMW 325xi, 65,000 mi
Valve cover gromets leaking causing oil leek into spark plug ports.
Visitor, 2005 BMW 325xi, 69,342 mi
oil is dripping on my driveway from my car!
Visitor, 2004 BMW 325xi, 78,000 mi
Oil dripping onto the exhaust, especially on an incline. Very strong odor of burning oil.
Visitor, 2005 BMW 325xi, 101,000 mi
Looking for a solution
Visitor, 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!
Visitor, 2004 BMW 325xi
Constant burning smell and oil problems