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BMW 530i Oil Leaks From Engine Area

BMW 530i Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Average Mileage: 97,896 mi (7,000 mi - 250,000 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.

  • kvette81, , 62,500 mi

    Oil leaking at rear of valve cover onto rear exhaust manifold. Also found exhaust manifold gasket broken. The dealer wants $1200 to replace bothe gasket sets. I'm going to attempt to replace myself and save $1100.

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  • Visitor, , 70,000 mi

    leaking oil on the ground

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    oil leak around valve cover drips on manifold causing strong burning oil smell. i would like to know how hard it would be to replace myself.

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  • Visitor, , 99,600 mi

    Oil leaking from under the engine. Replaced valve cover gasket.

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  • Visitor, , 180,764 mi

    im a mechanic, this is the boss man car. i replaced the gasket, Felpro-vs50626-r on 1/6/10,162xxx miles, im replacing it today, 11/15/10, 180764 miles,yes,he racks up the miles.the oil seems to be getting out between the rubber gasket and the plastic v/cover, not from under the gasket and aluminum head. im going see if he will spring for a new v/cover.im "old school", i like STEEL.

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  • Visitor, , 138,662 mi

    buring smell smoke

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  • Visitor, , 78,900 mi

    Burned oil smell due to power steering fluid leak at the hose and engine oil at valve cover.
    Replaced valve cover gasket, replaced power steering. hose, replace power steering cap o-ring.

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  • Visitor, , 92,000 mi

    oil smell and drops of oil on the ground under car.

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  • Visitor, , 110,000 mi

    Replace gasket

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  • Visitor, , 81,000 mi

    it was leaking oil and had a burning smelling. i changed the cover gaskets and problem solved

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