I took my car in to my mechanic for an oil change today and to diagnose an oil leak that had drained the sump. He seems to think the leak is coming from the threads and mount that the oil filter screws into. Unfortunately, this is part of the front cover and would require replacing the whole shebang; about 1200 plus labor. Has anyone else had this issue in the past, with oil leaking out around the filter? If so, what was the fix? I'm hesitant to drop 1200 bucks plus on a 13 year old car, so if its something simpler that would be fantastic; otherwise I'm going to have to start exploring alternate transportation options. Thanks.