an xcab will be hard to find for only 2k, but not impossible .... i reccomend a 4cyl 2wd seeing as youre in texas ... they are great trucks, i had a 99 xcab 4cyl 2wd and the only reason i sold it was i was using it a lot and loading it way over capacity
checked your local craigslist and these sound promising
be sure to look for mazda b2300 and b2500's also as they are the same truck ... if you do decide you want a 6cyl, check b3000 and b4000 as well
the 4cyls are fairly bulletproof ... the 3.0l 6 likes to have the cam position sensor fail, and the 4.0l 6 if its a manual trans likes to go through slave cylinders.
edit: if airbags are a concern (im assuming they arent since you are looking at 1st gens, airbags were introduced in 95