as you already know T, I just had this repair (timing gear cover gasket) done to my car. $2,000 stinkin' bucks to lift my engine out just to replace a couple of stupid rubber gaskets. I couldn't even get my mechanics to do any other work while the engine was out (ie: replace all the mounts); nothing extra needed to be done. My mechanic, who is excellent, said it is quite common on the Corolla engines. He said the robot did a poor job of applying the gasket sealent and had seen and heard of a lot of these repairs. I sometimes wonder if I should have dumped the car. Every time (and each time it has been a Corolla) I spend $2,000 for a "major" repair, I end up having to ditch the car soon after, wasting the money I put in to it. I'm crossing my fingers this won't be the case this time. I can't say anything regarding the Camry engines; I just can tell you what I've been told about the Corollas.
Despite stemming this minor oil seepage, my car continues to drink oil like the world is coming to an end.
Live it up: There will be plenty of time to be old when you die.
** 2009 Vibe: 1.8 liter automatic **
** 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring **
** 2007 Honda Fit Sport **