Engine Oil Leaks on BMW 740iL

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Engine oil leaks commonly develop from both valve cover gaskets, intake manifold, and PCV plate after about 60,000 miles.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 130,655 (13,300–256,000)
9 model years affected: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, more1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
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Yesterday I parked my 2001 740il BWM in my drive way. About 30 minutes later, I went out to pull my car into the garage. That’s when I saw the oil spot on my drive way and oil spots going into my garage. The oil is leaking from somewhere in the engine department. It looks like it’s coming from the middle of the engine department closer to the driver side pass the front tire. Can someone help me with a diagnosis and how to fix it!

Car cranks but won't start, valve Cover gaskets seems to have oil leaking as I see alot of oil buildup, sparks plug have oil, I can't any leaks and no smoke coming out. Replaced camshaft and crankshaft sensors, works for a little than does the same thing, I'm baffled!! Any suggestions
Oil leak from valves contaminated the spark plugs causing rough idle, and difficult starting. Replace valve cover gaskets, spark plugs and spark plug cord sets
Leaky valve cover gaskets.I had them replaced and they started leaking again around 15,000 to 20,000 miles.
inspection indicated fluid leaks, recommended valve cover gasket replacement, cost about $490.00. maybe more leak present, but will see!
I took my valve cover gasket off so that I could get closer to the power supply hose and now it's leaking oil when I replaced the gasket