BMW X5 Problems

Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW X5

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.

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Average mileage: 95,550 (12,000–200,000)
Engines affected: 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 4.4L V8, 4.6L V8, 4.8L V8, 6 Cylinder, V8
9 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
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smell of burning oil and slight oil leak on floor of garage. Car is at repair facility now. Any idea of costs or problem anyone?
when the car is idling for more than 2 min or more a smoke is coming out of the exhaust and a smell or burning oil.
My car leaks oil and it looks that is coming from the engine, the oil path is messy with oil from the spill
Oil leakage started as a nuisance with small drops but has turned into a serious leak. By the way, I have a total of 4 BMW's - 2 of the others (X3's) have also developed oil leaks - one repaired. All cars have had ALL scheduled maintenance performed.
6 mos after an oil change at 40000 + miles, my Oil Light went on. I checked the oil levels in car and sure enough it was at mininum. I went back to the shop that made the oil change and said WTF, as there was no indication of a problem at the time. Within 2 secs techinician that had serviced my car pointed out source of leak which was in the area of Pump/timing cover gaskets... and also said this was a common problem...

How can BMW get away with such crappy quality on their vehicles that are supposed to be high end. I plan not to fix it, as they qouted $1600 to replace gaskets.
Time to go american
BMW X5 is such a waste. At 70K, my waterpump and thermostat got messed up. My suspension air bag got messed and now leaking oil. Never recommend BMW X5 again.
engine burning oil(quarts in between oil change). dealer says "that's normal"
I say, not buying another bmw is normal
They must think uneducated people buy their cars....
Valve cover gasket, solenoid valve, and oil filter housing are all leaking oil. Noticed a burnt oil smell and occasional smoke coming from the passenger side of the engine compartment. $900 to get it fixed. This was preceded with misfire on cylinder 1 and got ignition coil changed. Seems like oil leak might have caused the misfire.
We are the original owners of this 2005 X% 3.0 and had the vehicle towed into our local Service Dept. (ETow was required due to an Engine Failsafe indicator popping up while the car shut down/stopped operating while in motion - Service says the issue that caused that problem is an Ignition Switch issue?) and were advised that the Valve Cover Gasket is leaking and should be replaced as well. Also advised that the CV Boots on the front Transaxle are worn out and need to be replaced. Ouch, $2K in total repairs this time around, and yet, we have maintained very well, are original owners so no how we have driven it (gently over the years), and it only has 85K miles. Again, ouch.
I found that one of the common leaks on this car is the Alternator Bracket Seal. I have been told that the recommendation for oil changes on the vehicle is 15000 miles, and that will cause that seal to get hard and corroded. The seal is $5, but the labor is about $900 unless you can do it yourself.