Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW 328i

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: 78,119 (13,500–195,000)
10 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
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2007 BMW 328i 42,000 mi,
Each time I start my car I have the typical rough start and smell a strong burning oil smell. Cold starts, long drives, it always produces this odor. My car has used over one quart of oil in one month, 3500 miles, and the dealer says this is normal? Needless to say, I am calling customer service.
2008 BMW 328i 55,000 mi,
the computer says that the car has no oil and leaks drops of oil.how can i fix this problem?
Smoking coming under hood passenger side only when I started in the morning then goes away
2008 BMW 328i 80,000 mi,
When start the engine the smoke comes out for several minutes and smels like oil burning after a while it's stops and it started at 60.000 miles but wasn;t that bad now at 80.000 started to be worse
2007 BMW 328i 92,000 mi,
Took my car in for an oil change. Said that they saw seepage from the valve gasket. A car that has been driven ~13,000 a year and has this serious of a problem? Really? I would expect more from BMW. Not sure Ill be returning to this brand. I want luxury, and I dont need to pay for it over and over. Luxury should equate to quality. Ive had Nissans last 245,000 miles without needing more than common maintenence, that cost me literally tens of thousands less to buy.
2009 BMW 328i 68,000 mi,
I too have the same problem... I was also told that after three years BMWs start to have problems. The typical one being the oil leak. Be sure to check you oil pan as well.
2007 BMW 328i 76,000 mi,
Just spent 4K replacing a PLASTIC valve cove that had cracked, sensors and ignition coils. The oil leak had gotten onto the engine coils and the engine was misfiring. Now I learn that this is a common problem. The mechanic referred to my 328i as a 'high mileage' car. If 76K is high milage for a car that's been regularly serviced at the dealer it will be the last BMW I buy. Can't believe they use plastic for engine parts that get this hot. Incredible. Shame on you BMW.
2007 BMW 328i 24,800 mi,
Valve cover gasket is being replaced.
2007 BMW 328i 59,819 mi,
Noticed oil burning on the exhuast manafold after a short drive. Took it in to the shop and i was told the valve vover had been cracked and that it needed to be replaced
2007 BMW 328i 66,000 mi,
smell of burning rubber when the heater is turned on
2007 BMW 328i 62,000 mi,
Smoke coming out from the front of car and you can smell oil burning. Mechanic found oil leak around valve cover gasket. Not fixed yet.
2007 BMW 328i 52,000 mi,
Oil leaks from valve cover
2007 BMW 328i 13,500 mi,
Dealer told me slow oil leak and recommended replacing gasket. Replace gasket at 13500 moles. The last BMW I buy.
2008 BMW 328i 181,700 mi,
Smoke filling the inside of my car and coming out of the front of my car. Burning oil smell; fumes everywhere
2007 BMW 328i 100,000 mi,
Oil leak. And change oil seal between transmission and engine and oil sumpan gasket
2011 BMW 328i 64,000 mi,
Burning smell coming from vents even after oil change and oil system cleaned. I had to replace a valve gasket
2007 BMW 328i 119,000 mi,
Oil leaking
1997 BMW 328i 93,000 mi,
Typical symptoms--burning smell from engine compartment.
safety valve leak. Smell oil burning when engine is turned on.
Everytime i start my car it has a strong burning smell, and its goes away after my car gets warm. I went to the shop that this web recommend, A-Tech Automotive co. They removed Engine covers and inspected for oil leaks,none found. They told me that the vehicle may have an oil consumption issue and that the smell is from the exhaust at start up. They told me to return in 500 miles for A-Tech to check the oil level again and verify consumption issue.