Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW 325i

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: 102,377 (10,000–260,000)
8 model years affected: 1990, 1993, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
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2006 BMW 325i 49,000 mi,
i bought the car as new from the dealer , leaks are common after 60,000 miles. Symptoms will include oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment.the same as i told you that my leak and dripping under my BMW 325i, can the dealer fix it for no charge ?please be advise
2004 BMW 325i 85,000 mi,
oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment. The repair called for a crank case vent valve & oil filter housing gasket $988 at the BMW shop, when I priced it in other shops they quoted me $140 so we'll see if that's true, they seem to be very familiar with it, so we'll see
2002 BMW 325i 198,000 mi,
I have a huge leak from front left side of what looks like oil pan gasket could it be coming from valve cover gasket?
2004 BMW 325i 100,000 mi,
oil leak and smell with thick white smoke coming from tail pipe real bad
2003 BMW 325i 120,000 mi,
Oil leak from the gasket, where the filter assmbly attaches to the engine. :o/
oil smell, leaking from valve cover gasket onto exhaust manifold
leaking from two areas, valve cover gasket and oil filter housing.
2002 BMW 325i 112,000 mi,
Oil leaking from the gasket, dripping on exhaust and causing smoke to come up through the hood. This is the second time I am replacing the valve cover gaskets in 15k miles.
2001 BMW 325i 120,000 mi,
I smell burning oil, its def a small leak coming from the engine so I assume its the valve cover gasket. you dont notice it unless the car is running and isnt moving. You dont notice it at all while driving, even if its stop go city BS.
2002 BMW 325i 190,000 mi,
oil leaks coming from OIL LINE hose, smells and smokes of oil burning from under the hood. easy to replace. need to remove the air filter housing.
2004 BMW 325i 86,000 mi,
continuous oil leak. replace oil pan now its the oil gasket
2002 BMW 325i 14,034 mi,
Unexplained Oil Leak Dealer Could Not Find or Fix.
2003 BMW 325i 10,100 mi,
valve cover gasket replaced
2001 BMW 325i 109,913 mi,
Had same oil smell and ocational oil drops on garage floor . Solution : I replace head cover gaskets and oil housing gasket . Bought all parts at Bavarian auto ( bavauto.com)and the most satisfation I got, I did it myself !. I folloewd a video on youtube and it was a spoon of iceream !!! lol. By the way if water pump and thermostat has not been replace in a long time , it's the best time to do it then , you have to take out the fan and all belts so why not do it right away ? right ? do not forget you need a special tool to losen the fan ( bought mine on ebay ). I advice all you people that have this oil leak issues to do it as soon as your wallet allows you beacuse if you do not , the hot oil will eventually eat out all your motor mounts and everything that is call rubber and do not forget your sensors ( very sensitive to hot oil ). I saved in a big way by doing it myself ( it helps having the right tools )check out the DIY video and have fun doing it yourself and save your money . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy0EKjuxlpY Just to let you guys know one shop was charging me 1,600.00 to do this job. I am glad I did not fall for that rip off.. WELL HOPE THIS CAN HELP.. Be safe !!
2004 BMW 325i 140,000 mi,
Im on my third oil leak...the latest is the valve cover..smashing..
2001 BMW 325i 80,000 mi,
Oil filter housing gasket leaking. Valve cover gasket leaking. Oil separator has gone bad.
2001 BMW 325i 14,500 mi,
leaking gasket ,oil leaking from top to bottom. been not fixed.
2006 BMW 325i 131,000 mi,
someone in the forum stated "oil filter housing gasket..$750 repair at firestone" - my BMW store in Dayton OHIO would charge similar amount. Fixed it myself for $11. Yep - you red that correctly : $11. Do not give these stealerships the pleasure of taking your money .Ordered part from Pelican parts, did a bit of Youtubing and 2 hours later i was enjoying a cold brewsky and $739 in my pocket...
Same smell, like burning exhaust
2004 BMW 325i 51,000 mi,
oil filter housing gasket..$750 repair at firestone