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BMW 540i Valve Cover, Intake Manifold, PCV Plate Oil Leaks

BMW 540i Problem
23 Reports
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Model Years Affected: 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Average Mileage: 114,609 mi (12,000 mi - 185,000 mi)


Engine oil leaks commonly develop from both valve cover gaskets, intake manifold, and PCV plate after about 60,000 miles.

  • Visitor, , 12,000 mi


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  • Visitor, , 110,000 mi

    Replace valve cover gaskets, upper timing case gaskets, PCV valve, PCV vent tube

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  • Visitor, , 155,811 mi

    valve cover gaskets are starting to leak oil.Not repaired yet, plan on replacing them.

    app. $375.00

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  • Visitor, , 185,000 mi

    Started dripping oil at about 170000 miles, i have to add about a quart of oil every 4 months or so. Mechanic said probably not worth the trouble of fixing.

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  • Visitor, , 163,000 mi

    dealer diagnosed oil leak

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  • Visitor, , 148,897 mi

    rough idle car running rich. intake manifold gasket replaced.

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  • Visitor, , 57,000 mi

    slight leak of oil on valve covers left it alone BMW wanted approx 3000 to fix.......never a drop where parked it seems to evaporate from engine heat

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  •  Rookie

    was told i had a engine oil leak, cost from BMW $1,455.00 not fixed I'm looking for a place to get it done cheaper they said my upper timing covers need to be replaced. this was there cost. 513-207-1272 call or text I'm in cincinnati ohio if you know some other place.

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  • Visitor, , 134,000 mi

    Slight leak initially. Slowly grew over 6 month period - from a 1/2 dollar size to a puddle. Diagnosed and repaired eventually. Valve cover gasket replacement.

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