Originally Posted by LIVEFREE
I am getting it looked at tomorrow, hopefully the dealer is not going to put the "its rust protection" excuse again...
Does it look salvageable or would call it extensive damage? I am a bit bummed by this whole thing
I'd like the darn thing clean and not looking like a gravy pot, with irrepairable damge to the engine.
Deep breaths, your car is ok and a leaking valve cover gaskets is minor issue. They are a very common item to replace on BMWs because as they age the rubber gasket gets compressed and brittle from heat. The last time I replaced one on my car, the rubber had turned to plastic and literally broke apart.
Its comparable to a window seal that leaks a little water. Replace the seal and you are good as new.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the worst like a blown motor, your leaking valve cover gasket is a 1 or 2 at best.
Have the dealer replace the valve cover gasket under the 30 warranty and then enjoy the car.