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Old 09-24-2017, 12:37 AM
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This is my 99 Dakota, 3.9 manual 5spd tranny, with 93k original miles, it has a couple bad spots, which Iíve posted pics of at the bottom. However there is no rust, the interior is almost perfect, and it runs great! I was wanting to hear some thoughts on this if any one could help I would appreciate it. So, Would it be a better investment to do a 5.9 swap and sell the 3.9, or should I just sell this truck as is and get something newer and faster?







 
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Old 09-24-2017, 07:43 AM
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Depends on what you want to use the truck for. That's up to you.
 
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Old 09-24-2017, 08:15 AM
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This is my 99 Dakota, 3.9 manual 5spd tranny, with 93k original miles, it has a couple bad spots, which Iíve posted pics of at the bottom. However there is no rust, the interior is almost perfect, and it runs great! I was wanting to hear some thoughts on this if any one could help I would appreciate it. So, Would it be a better investment to do a 5.9 swap and sell the 3.9, or should I just sell this truck as is and get something newer and faster?
That's a pretty nice truck with low mileage. I had similar damage at the rear quarter panel. I got under the truck and found that I had pretty good access to the inside of the panel....I used some wood blocks to push out the dents. Looks much better now. I also have some tail lights here, if you want to replace that broken one. It says "sold" but it's not.

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Old 09-24-2017, 07:13 PM
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I want to make an investment. Iíll have about 2 grand at tax time. I have the options of keeping the 3.9 getting the body fixed and keeping it all original, or I could drop a 5.9 motor in the truck and sell the 3.9 and start modifying, I want to know which would be the best option to increase the value of the truck so I know I made a good investment, or would it be a waste of time when I could sell the truck and put that with my tax money and get a new truck. Appreciate any help, thanks
 
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It will not increase the value by swapping the motor. In fact, that may even decrease the value. Mods do not increase the value of any vehicle. And, dumping 2 grand into an 18 year old truck is certainly not an "investment".
 

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I want to make an investment. Iíll have about 2 grand at tax time. I have the options of keeping the 3.9 getting the body fixed and keeping it all original, or I could drop a 5.9 motor in the truck and sell the 3.9 and start modifying, I want to know which would be the best option to increase the value of the truck so I know I made a good investment, or would it be a waste of time when I could sell the truck and put that with my tax money and get a new truck. Appreciate any help, thanks
I'm a little old school but, if you want to make an investment with the 2 grand, drop it in a roth IRA for yourself. Keep the truck and fix er up and drive it. The longer you own the vehicle, the better value that vehicle becomes. It's fun and a challenge to keep an older vehicle running. JMO.
 
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Old 09-25-2017, 05:53 PM
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thanks for the response, I appreciate it, so even though itís in really good condition, it still wouldnít be worth it huh? I got a great deal on this truck, I be been offered more than 3x what I paid for it.
 
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Old 09-25-2017, 09:08 PM
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I'm a little old school but, if you want to make an investment with the 2 grand, drop it in a roth IRA for yourself. Keep the truck and fix er up and drive it. The longer you own the vehicle, the better value that vehicle becomes. It's fun and a challenge to keep an older vehicle running. JMO.

If I keep this truck Iím definitely fixing the body, but Iím a guy, Iím not gonna be able to not put money into it, exhaust??, lifted or lowered? Bagged? Definitely keep og rims!!! but idk. Looking for suggestions
 
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