Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW 528i

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.

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Average mileage: 134,994 (63,000–260,430)
6 model years affected: 1997, 1999, 2000, 2008, more2009, 2012
33 people reported this problem
15 people shared problem details
2012 BMW 528i67,000
Oil Leak with smoke coming from engine compartment.
2008 BMW 528i68,000
Oil was dripping on the exhaust and it smelled really badly...
1999 BMW 528i106,000
Not had it fixed - mechanic suggested to wait - not yet dripping on driveway - just burning smell - doesn't use much oil at all yet - just a drip that smells.
2000 BMW 528i172,000
oil burning smell
There are a number of oil seals on the car that fail. The rubber used in them turns to stone over time and leaks. If you oil from the upper half of the engine, the valve cover gaskets are usually to blame. If you have oil in the spark plug holes, that's the valve cover gaskets around the spark plugs... If someone says you have an oil pan gasket leak on the 6cyl model, it's more likely the oil filter housing gasket - google it.
valve cover gasket needed replaced due to leaking oil.
1997 BMW 528i140,000
it hasnt been fixed idk what to do
2009 BMW 528i80,000
Have a gas leak somewhere it does not drip but smell and evaporates
2000 BMW 528i100,000
oil burning smell
2008 BMW 528i97,000
Bought the 528i with 97,000 miles and noticed a slight oil butning smell, took to dealer and they estimated like 5k to fix a valve cover gasket. Does not have any engine lights or anything, just have to put oil in ever so often.
Oil leak SOMEWHERE? Smells like oil burning. none on garage floor (being caught by plastic pan under engine - for air dynamics)... Goodyear says it is beyond their abilities. Valve cover gasket or oil filter housing gasket... ugh looking for fix.... diagnostics do not say anything.
2000 BMW 5281. Smoke inside passenger compartment. I replaced all coils and spark plugs. #3-4-5 cylinder and the plugs were coated with oil. Plug #4 was caked with slug. Still runs when at stop light otherwise smooth operation. I average 22.4 mpg
1999 BMW 528i192,000
One tiny drop on garage floor every day....it's not a constant drip....My fix for now is a towel and keep an eye on it.
1997 BMW 528i251,000
something, I dont knwo if its oil or trans fluid is drippin on teh coupler on the exhaust manifold....I know I run synthetic, oil, and its normal to leak some, cause its so thin....I dunno. IM gonan sell it now
Oil leaking onto driveway, and it was caked on to all the parts underneath the car.
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