I agree you should be able to do the gasket jobs yourself. Are we talking about the valve cover gasket, the head gaskets, or the intake manifold gaskets, or some combination of these? In general we have not seen head gasket failure in our engines, but intake manifold gaskets have failed all the time, and there is plenty of information and knowledgeable people here who can guide you through doing it yourself. If your oil leak is a valve cover gasket, by all means do that yourself.
Your car might run well enough then that you won't need to look for another one!
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