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what engine/vehicle are we talking about.

1.5 quarts of oil is really bad - that's an easy way to do some long term damage to the lower end bearings, you won't like the cost of engine replacement if you're holding off on axles.

keep an eye on the oil level and let us know how much it's using. this is your prime concern, the pictures look mostly benign and not a big deal to me.

hard to say but the wetness in the pictures could just be risidual grease from the previous axles which obviously were replaced - which means the boots were broke, so no surprise there is grease under there. it heats up, liquifies, and can coagulate in places.

the pictures do not show 3.5 quarts of oil loss...that usually looks significantly different.

Subaru's hold 4.5, 5, or 6 quarts depending what vehicle/year/engine you have. Your owners manual in the glove box should show it or would have it outlined.

The distance between the low dot and high dot on the dipstick is one quart. so when it gets to the lower dot - you've lost one quart.

axles are not structural elements where they connect to the transmission, they are loose and have some play. aftermarket axles can be more loose and even vibrate at an idle when the car is stopped, but not a big deal. they are not fixed and have some play.

if you ever entertain replacing the axles simply buy a used axle that's from Subaru (green DOJ) and reboot it, it's cheap and lasts the life of the vehicle. i pay $25 - $33 (most) for my axles and i buy a lot and then reboot for $70 or so Ive got Subaru OEM axles with so far a 100% success rate. That doesn't happen with aftermarket.
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