I have the opportunity to buy a 2000 Dodge Durango SLT 4x4 with 171,500 miles for $450. It would be a car we take camping or the occasional around the town on the weekends when we also need to take our dogs with us. Maybe 3-5k miles a year max. Over all it's been kept nice inside and out. I took it for a 20-30 minute drive and really beat on it and it seemed to drive smooth. Tested out the 4x4 and that is in working order as well.
I'm not a mechanic but I build cars for fun and know my way around everything but a transmission. The car does need tires, brakes, and could really use some new chocks. The rear diff is leaking and the power window/lock switch is out. Which seems to be a common issue with this cars. I can do the work myself and fix it so I'm not too worried about those issues.
I'm curious if anyone has any experience with this cars and could let me know if this would be a good purchase or not? I'm ready put around $1500 into fixing it up replacing tires and wear items but I'm not ready to spend much more if these cars tend to have major mechanical issues at high mileage.