What is causing my Mazda 6 to burn oil?

I have a 2007 Mazda 6 with a 2261cc petrol engine, mileage 88,000. I have owned it from new and it has been serviced regularly by the local Mazda dealer. After a recent service I was informed that it is burning some oil and needs topping up regularly. I need a reliable car as I live in the sticks and we do one or two motoring holidays in France every year. Would you advise me getting a new car or is this not really as serious as it sounds?
If it's using oil it probably needs a fresh set of valve stem oil seals.
Answered by Honest John on

Ask Honest John