Engine Oil Leaks on BMW 540i

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

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Average mileage: 115,836 (12,000–185,000)
9 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
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2000 BMW 540i 12,000 mi,
1999 BMW 540i 110,000 mi,
Replace valve cover gaskets, upper timing case gaskets, PCV valve, PCV vent tube
2002 BMW 540i 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.
1998 BMW 540i 148,897 mi,
rough idle car running rich. intake manifold gasket replaced.
2000 BMW 540i 155,811 mi,
valve cover gaskets are starting to leak oil.Not repaired yet, plan on replacing them. app. $375.00
1997 BMW 540i 163,000 mi,
dealer diagnosed oil leak
2000 BMW 540i 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.
2000 BMW 540i 52,000 mi,
Oil leak drips very little so evaporates on manifold , but gives a smell when idle. Leave spots when car not used a few days Have to bit bull it and repair before oil ignites and smell gets back when at idle from burning off even though very small leak it seems, as oil level doe not really drop , crazy should not happen at this low milage!!
2000 BMW 540i 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
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.