Engine Oil Leaks on BMW 540i

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: 116,669 (12,000–185,000)
9 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
33 people reported this problem
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Started dripping oil at about 170000 miles, i have to add about a quart of oil every 4 months or so. Mechanic said probably not worth the trouble of fixing.
valve cover gaskets are starting to leak oil.Not repaired yet, plan on replacing them.

app. $375.00
Slight leak initially. Slowly grew over 6 month period - from a 1/2 dollar size to a puddle. Diagnosed and repaired eventually. Valve cover gasket replacement.
Oil leak drips very little so evaporates on manifold , but gives a smell when idle. Leave spots when car not used a few days

Have to bit bull it and repair before oil ignites and smell gets back when at idle from burning off even though very small leak it seems, as oil level doe not really drop , crazy should not happen at this low milage!!
slight leak of oil on valve covers left it alone BMW wanted approx 3000 to fix.......never a drop where parked it seems to evaporate from engine heat
was told i had a engine oil leak, cost from BMW $1,455.00 not fixed I'm looking for a place to get it done cheaper they said my upper timing covers need to be replaced. this was there cost. 513-207-1272 call or text I'm in cincinnati ohio if you know some other place.