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.
Average mileage: 98,499 (18,000–180,000)
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Car has more than one oil leak. valve cover gasket and a hose located on the front upper part of the engine are the two obvious ones. you can see and smell the oil burning off the engine at times.. The skid plate under the car is covered with oil on the upper side of it. This will all be things I will be repairing soon. I just recently purchased the car.
After running for about 5 miles I can smell the oil burning on the block or manifold or another hot surface...then it goes away. Levels check out..have had the mechanic check it out, he has theories but I'm going to wait to have it fixed.
I just purchased a 2001 330ci and immediately I noticed that I had a really bad oil leak.
It leaks easily from the right hand side, I am assuming that it is the valve covers , but I haven't had time to investigated it yet, I haven't jacked it up or anything to look under it. So I don't have anything to report as to the fix, hopefully when I do I'll remember to come back to the website and report my findings and the fix.