you shoulda bought a Dodge Dakota.... Okay, let's hear it with the Dodge slams.... I know they're comin'. Seriously though, between me and my two sons we have a '97 with 3.9 V6/auto, an '04 with 3.7 V6/5 speed and my '04 4x4 with 4.7 V8 and 5 speed and they have all been outstanding trucks. Neither of the '04's has req'd any work other than mine to repair a deer hit (that didn't bend the frame and barely bent any sheetmetal). The '97 has 130k plus on it and only thing done to it so far has been a water pump.