Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak on BMW 330xi

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 96,798 (50,000–160,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
36 people reported this problem
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Slow oil leak. By 134,000 miles I was adding 1 quart of oil every 3 months. Today it was diagnosed as an intermittent leak by the ventilation by the crank case something...
BMW 330xi Approximately 90,000 miles. Currently have to have repair done to oil filter housing gasket.
Cost approximately $460-500.
I have a oil leak took it to the shop and they guy said it's gonna cost me around 900 to 1000 dollars just to repl Ace the gasket
smells of burning oil and minor amounts of smoke from engine compartment due to oil leakage onto the manifold.
Oil drip at right rear of engine onto exhaust causing burnt oil smell, I can feel oil on my finger at rear of valve cover but can't see any. Not enough to drip on floor.
Oil leaking from underside of engine; smell of oil burning and smoking coming from underneath engine for the 1st 5-10 everytime I start my car.