Q: Q: Excessive oil consumption and sooty exhaust

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My car has around 97,000 miles and I purchased it from a specialist dealer. The oil consumption in my car is excessive, approx. 1 liter for every 500 miles. On the left-hand side of the car, the exhaust becomes sooty after around 100 miles. Can you tell me what is causing these problems and what I can do to fix them?

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