Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW 330i

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 101,337 (40,987–176,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
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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.
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.
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.
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.
A classmate and I noticed leakages from around the engine while changing the oil. Idk if the oil smells bad? by the way we put 6qrts of 5w-30 Full Synthetic...
I have a oil leak under the bottom of my car I got that fixed income to find out it's one on the top of my car right there where you put oil filter
I have a 2006 BMW 330i with valve cover leak that is flooding the 3rd spark plug tube. I discovered it when I changed the spark plugs and ignition coils for the 100,000 mile tune up. It has not been fixed yet.
I cant find where my leak is exactly but i know its happening. sometimes when i stop at a light or stop sign i can see smoke from oil burning.