Paid $1100 for my 1995 2.5 5-speed about 3 1/2 years ago, bought it from best friend before he moved to Seattle and he could only take 2 of his 4 cars with him, he kept the 2000 Durango SLT with the 360 and the 35's, and the 94 Cavalier, sold the busted ass 2001 Neon to some rube and I got the Dak.
Had a recent tune-up, new rack and pinion, new power steering pump, newer 235/75/R15 Michelin MTX's, 44,000 on the new motor, and a new rear end and driveshaft when I got it, I've put about $2500 into parts and maintenance into since then
Bought my 1988 base cab 3.9l 2wd for $1100 from a Farmer with 115k miles on it. Not until my Jiffy lube trip and the high pitch whine that followed have she been sidelined while I hunt down a replacement rear axle assembly or find someone who can install the bearings I bought for mine. I've only replaced the radiator and the oil pan since I've had her and she runs like a dream. At 52 years old, she was my first truck ever, so I'm hanging on to her. Not sure I'm even capable of doing a full restore, but she will be with me until the end....hers or mine.
This thread is quite interesting, because Gen 1 includes all the engine types, and probably RWD and 4x4. A small 4 banger RWD is going to cost much less than a 5.2 4x4, hypothetically. Oh well, here is mine.
I might be the most recent purchase, 1992 Dak 5.2L V8 4x4 LE, bought mine in April 2016, $850. Odometer was stuck at 211,000, my guess is it is somewhere around 250k. Everything was leaking, the thing was never maintained apparently we have found. So we have attacked it for a little over 2k so far! It should run forever once we're done with it!
$108.32 Thats was the cost of tag and title transfer fees. Truck was given to me by a friend. 93 LE 2wd Blue/Silver. 3.9 magnum engine. 106K runs like a new one. Looks like a sick puppy.
Just going to use it to clean out garage and do some light hauling to landfill then Ill sell it or give it away.
i put an oil pan gasket on a ford van for mine 88 3.9 some one had put a short block in it and didn't surface the heads so i found a floor buffer sanding screen and put it on my table saw top and slid the heads across it till they were flat again and been driving it for 4yrs until i took it out and put my 5.9 in it and if any body needs one it still ran perfectly and i hate to see it go to waste they could have it !!!!