Due to a to a job change in 2016 I traded in my 2002 Forester and 2001 Chevy truck for a large SUV to save on insurance and other vehicle expenses. I use a wood stove and thought I could use the SUV as sort of a pickup truck - but it just doesn't cut it. The Honda Pilot rides beautifully, but at this point my priorities are utility and function. I prefer not to drive a truck all the time for personal use so I may go back to what I had. I found a dealer with a truck I want and a '97 Outback with the 2.5L engine, 206k miles for under $2000. Am I nuts for even considering this? At that mileage the head gaskets must have been done. It's a manual which I like - I had a '98 manual Outback years ago. The only thing is the low gearing which means about 3200 rpm at 65mph, but I don't do a lot of highway driving. I probably put on no more than 3k miles a year with my own vehicles since I have a company van. Looks like the Outback has a bit of rust, actually not bad for a 97. I stayed as a member here because I thought one day I could become a Subaru owner again.