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Leaking engine oil, apparently from the head gasket on 2003 Subaru Legacy

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I loose about a quart of oil every 3000 miles. Can I ignore the leak and keep topping up? The leak appears to be near the exhaust pipe.
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YOU CAN BUY ONE HECK OF A LOT OF OIL FOR A FRACTION OF THE COST OF
REPAIR. JUST KEEP A CHECK ON THE OIL LEVEL. WHEN IT GETS TO A QT. EVERY
1,000 MI. THEN MAYBE THINK ABOUT THE FIX.
Thanks; that's pretty much how I saw it too. The shop mechanic (that inspected the leak and suggested that the head gasket be replaced, a very expensive proposition) said there could be a car fire because of the leak, since it is near the exhaust pipe. That seems so remote, given the amount of leak I am experiencing.
The car has about 66,000 miles on it. I was thinking it is okay to just top up with oil as needed rather than go through an expensive repair, since it only needs about a quart for about 3000 miles.
What could go wrong if I continue to do that?
How much is the estimated cost?
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