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

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.

by in North Wales, PA on August 18, 2012
2 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on August 18, 2012
very common issues with subaru veh they need repl b4 it causes other damage.
COMMENT by on August 18, 2012
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?
ANSWER by on August 18, 2012
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.
COMMENT by on August 19, 2012
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.