Will a gasket change fix the problem for a long time

Tiny
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  • 2013 MAZDA 2
  • 1.5L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 51,000 MILES
I am going to buy a $6,000.00 used car and in the inspection, they told me that there is an oil seep in the gasket and the gasket needs to be changed. They told me that the problem is minor and that the change is about #300.00.
The car has been owned by an old lady in the last four years who has driven about 3,500 miles per year. I think based on the receipts of the maintenance. She has changed the oil twice in his period which seems okay in terms of mileage but I think not in terms of how long the oil remained in the car.
My question is, if I get this gasket change done, will there be no other problems in the long term or there is a possibility that the problem will reappear or there is a high risk of an engine fail? This is going to be my first car and I am a newbie in the car world, so any advice is highly appreciated.
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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 AT 5:31 AM

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Tiny
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Good morning,

There are so many gaskets in an engine that it is hard to say if you will have no further issues.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/engine-is-leaking-oil

Get the one fixed but remember, once you start using this car daily, you may encounter more issues as it has not been driven much and items could fail once you start using it.

Just keep an eye on the fluids all the time and be proactive when you see a leak and get it taken care of before it turns into something major.

Roy
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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 AT 5:48 AM
Tiny
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Thank you so much, Roy. I will, for sure, keep your advice in mind and will try to keep an eye on fluids.

Since you mentioned that there are many gaskets in the engine, here is what my report says about the gasket change:
Recommended - Remove and replace oil pan and/or gasket: 305$
7041556 RTV gasket: 7$

I don't know how much this information would help, but I am wondering if the need for this change is a forecast of major future problems or once this is fixed, I can assume that the problem is gone and now I have a reliable car.

Any pieces of advice are really appreciated.
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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 AT 7:15 AM
Tiny
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No, that is normal wear and tear.

You are welcome.

Always glad to help.

Roy
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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 AT 10:17 AM

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