Sorry for the delayed response.
Blue smoke on start up is generally valve seals, but in this case the valve seals would have to be completely gone (or almost gone) to be burning that much oil.
Have a compression test performed to make sure rings are good.
To test valve seals, run car up to about 25-30 mph in first gear and let off gas, if you see blue smoke out exhaust, then seals will need to be replaced.
You have to remove the timing chain, camshafts, lifters etc. To get to seals.
Have you ever run the car low on oil, or went a lot of miles between oil changes?
It is unusual for an '01 to have seal problems and at this mileage.
Monday, March 2nd, 2009 AT 7:25 AM