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BMW 328i Oil Leaks From Lower Engine Area

BMW 328i Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Average Mileage: 77,468 mi (13,500 mi - 175,000 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.

  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 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

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  • Visitor, , 52,000 mi

    Oil leaks from valve cover

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  • Visitor, , 13,500 mi

    Dealer told me slow oil leak and recommended replacing gasket. Replace gasket at 13500 moles. The last BMW I buy.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 24,800 mi

    Valve cover gasket is being replaced.

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  • Visitor, , 66,000 mi

    smell of burning rubber when the heater is turned on

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  • Visitor, , 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

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