Oil Leak From the Valve Cover Gaskets on Toyota Avalon

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The 6 cylinder engines have a tendency to leak oil from the valve cover gaskets, especially the one near the firewall.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 152,423 (14,100–276,000)
Engine affected: 3.0L V6
13 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014
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Was told I need to have valve cover gaskets replaced for about $600.00. Is this a fair price in 2013 in Nassau County, LI?
Took my car to the shop they said I needed to replace both gaskets I replaced both but the rear is still leaking… And I can't get it to stop.
Oil is leaking form the from the front valve cover seal and dripping on the exhaust manifold.
It is easily observed with a flashlight that oil is coming out of both valve covers. There is enough oil leaking to drip onto the exhaust and burn as well as leave quarter sized spots where it is parked. The valve cover gaskets will soon be replaced and will most likely solve the problem.
Valve cover gaskets have leaked since about 175000 miles. Can smell burning oil in car during idle.
Oil leaking from both valve cover gaskets
Whenever it rains, or I wash the car and drive it the smoke starts coming from the back of the engine.
oil leak from valve cover gasket near fire wall took out bolts to valve cover coated threads of bolts with sealer fixed problem
started leaking oil but from front gasket near hood latch. kit was $20 and was repaired in 2 hrs
very bad oil leak. Appears as if the engine is on fire :-(
vale cover oil leak
oil leak vav gasket
Damaged other parts below leak
Could smell burning oil. Both valve covers are leaking.
Engine valve cover gasket R&R
combination.
Oxygen sensor R&R Rear, floor shift
These were replaced on 1/15/16.
Still has oil leak.
Tightened bolts
Repair was made and it runs like a baby again!
Started smelling strong burning and noticed it on the ground keep putting oil in every couple weeks
My 98 Avalon leaks oil. It leaks on the driveway and I have to replace a pint every 6 weeks. I had the valve covers replaced and cam shaft replaced and it still leaks. The mechanic told me to either live with it or replace half of the engine. Any ideas?
sucking oil - est 1 qt every 600-1000 miles