I'm currently in the process of looking at retiring my beloved '95 Tacoma, which has 302,500 miles, due to the fact I am going to college 4 hours from home. I have always liked subarus, and have decided on either an Outback Wagon, or the Impreza Outback Sport but have some questions:

1. What is the reliability like on the Impreza/Outback ( late 90s/early 00s, since I have a budget of <5500)

2. Are there any trouble spots?

3. How are the crash test ratings? (Parents are going to want to know this - and IIHS/NHTSA don't have any older than 2006)

4. Are they easy to work on? My father likes doing my car maintenence,and don't want to get something I'll have to take to the dealer for an oil change.