Honestly, I would say yes. Here is how I look at things. First, what kind of vehicle can you get for 1400.00? Most likely it will be junk needing thousands in repairs in the near future. I'm not saying you can't get lucky, but the odds are against you. Next, if you have maintained the 3.9 V6, I've seen them go over 300K.
Please understand, I don't know the vehicle. I have owned Dakotas since 1990 and have always had good luck. However, I always get them with a manual transmission because they do have a reputation of having auto trans problems.
Presently, I'm driving one. I use it every day, it's 5 years older than yours, and has 220K on the same engine, 3.9. I use it to plow, haul, and drive to work and my kids around every day. I wouldn't be afraid to drive it anywhere.
That is my opinion. If you feel the truck is in good shape other than the trans, I would fix it. You won't find anything better for the money.
PS: What is the trans doing?
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 AT 10:07 PM