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      07-28-2019, 01:54 PM   #1
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Smoke from engine area (HELP)

So, today when I start my BMW 3 series 2008 1.6 petrol I notice smoke coming from engine area. I have smelled before something burning couple of times when I stop at lights, but never notice smoke until today in garage.

This was my first hard earned BMW 3 that I bought 2 months ago :S

You can see in pictures where smoke is coming out, there is no light or any sensor warning me of something. Car was serviced from where I bought it 2 months ago.

I have no clue about cars, but what do you think I can expect when I drive it to mechanic? :S Thank you all.

I have circled on first image from which area I think smoke is coming:

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      07-28-2019, 06:14 PM   #2
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Valve cover gasket. The leak starts slowly and over time grows to the point that the oil will accumulate in the passenger rear corner and drip onto your exhaust cause the smell and smoke. It's a completely common issue with almost all E90's. Costs vary, I think I've seen most quotes in the $1000 USD range. It's a reasonable do-it-yourself project, but you've said you're not really savvy when it comes to cars.
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