Thanks. my brother and dad, who are more mechanically intelligent than i am, also agree it's a rip off.
When i received the quote, the dealer said it would be at least a 3 hour job, would have to lift the engine, and as a "courtesy" "clean up" engine parts where the oil has soaked/drenched around. Unfortunately it's leaking on both sides of the rear part of the engine, yet it isn't at a point where it's spilling on the ground (or haven't notice). Problems are my cabin is smelling like burnt oil sometimes after i turn off the engine and at night you can see burnt oil smoke (i assume) coming from under the hood.
will look into local mechanic (with a better price...anyone pay a mechanic to have this done? your estimate plz? ) (i can't since i'm not comfortable at all with messing with the engine)