BMW 325xi Problems

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

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.

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Average mileage: 105,193 (13,000–190,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
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Brought in my car to local mechanic three times for oil leak (oil on driveway, oil light sensor on dashboard illuminated). In each case, I thought the problem was fixed but after two weeks the dashboard oil light came on again. I thought my mechanic was inexperienced with BMW's, so I took it to a BMW dealer and all seemed fine ($1,000 repair) until two weeks later when the oil light yet again appears on the dashboard. I am taking it back to the BMW dealer next week for a second time. Every possible gasket has been replaced - remember it's been "repaired" for the same problem four times now. I will update next week, but curious if there are any recalls on the specific problem. It seems unfathomable to me that I can bring this car in for repair 5 times for the same repair.
oil leak all over driveway put stop leak in worked for a week started leaking again any sugesteding
The engine has been burning oil for a few years now! Im being told it's the rear main seal. How the hell could that be leaking at 50-60k !!! Bmw was a massive mistake these cars have massive issues! For an expensive car they arent built well! I know so many bmw owners that have some kind of oil burning issue. Bmw needs to do a recall on their damn seals!
Oil leaking from engine and coming into contact with exhaust. Causes slight smoke and smell.
I had that same problem.The dealer fixed the problem but looks they added too much oil.and i had a leak for a month
now the leak is gone and the oil level is normal.
moved my sons car out of garage and found large amount of oil. while driving car is smoking and smells bad.
Significant oil leak, leaving puddle when parked overnight. Replaced valve cover gaskets with grommet ($250) and oil separator/manifold and intake gaskets ($300). Total repair cost $550. No more oil puddles but I still need to add about one quart between oil changes.
I get oil changes every 3 months. 2 weeks later oil light on dash comes on. Check oil, down a quart. Add a quart. Light goes out. Drive a week. Light back on. Now noticing a smoke and burning smell under hood. Check oil. Down a quart. Add a quart. I have it it fixed. Keeps happening.