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BMW 330i Oil Leaks From Engine Area

BMW 330i Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Average Mileage: 99,678 mi (45,000 mi - 176,000 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.

  • , , 101,000 mi

    After driving the car for short distance, oil starts smelling strongly. I haven't noticed any obvious leaks in the garage, just the smell of oil more from the passenger side than the driver side.

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  • , , 50,000 mi

    not yet fixed...........cheaper to add oil every 3000 miles

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  • , , 53,000 mi

    burning smell from engine compartment. starting to show visible leakage from rt side of engine onto exhaust, hence the burning. Was quoted $250.00 for "valve cover gasket service" from local BMW house. Doing it myself for $30.00.

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  • , , 116,000 mi

    Oil burning smell and smoke coming from engine compartment near windshield by driver side. The valve cover gasket was found to be the problem; it was leaking on the hot manifold. Had the valve cover casket replaced ($265). Problem fixed.

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  • , , 85,000 mi

    Valve cover oil leak

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  • , , 45,000 mi

    Oil smell inside car, was result of oil gasket leak due to two broken bolts. Mechanic indicated that this is a common problem and there is a service bulletin that adjusts the torque specs when installing new bolts. Cost was $800.

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  • , , 60,000 mi

    oil leaking from vavle gasket

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  • , , 106,000 mi

    oil leak. burning smell

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  • , , 116,000 mi

    Smells like burning stinky from under my hood. Replaced valve cover gasket. Bam! No more drop, no more stink!

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  • , , 140,000 mi

    Leaking valve cover gasket. Smells like burnt oil when i open hood or even inside car with heat/air on.

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