I'm looking for a used car, and considering a 2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited manual with 80k, a 2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited automatic with about 57k, a 2006 Subaru Forester Premium manual with 42k, and a 2005 Honda CRV EX manual with 99k. The Honda is cheapest, the Outback with 42k the most expensive, but from the most 'reputable' source. I have done so much research on thses cars that now I am overwhelmed and a bit wary of Subaru repair patterns. I like driving manual, wanting the most fun I can have in a utilitarian vehicle. I had a 1989 Toyota Corolla SR5 AllTrac manual wagon, and though old and square, as an SR5 was somewhat fun to drive.
Most of my driving is highway, some in-town, and also on a dirt, mud or snowy road (depending on the season!).
Hondas seem reliable; I'm concerned about what repairs might hit me with the manual Subarus with the amount of mileage. Any thoughts?