Quick question here. I want to have the ability to get under my Subaru Outback (oil and fluid changes, mods, other basic maintenance), but I don't know how to best get under it. Should I buy a jack and some jack stands for a not-insignificant price? I could go the expensive route with name-brand products, or I could go with cheap Harbor Freight alternatives.

On the other hand, I could build a pair of DIY ramps like these. This would be far less expensive, but obviously has its unique drawbacks. I'm pretty good at fabrication, but safety and durability are still issues. What do you guys think?