2003 Dakota Sport, club cab, 3.9L V6, 5 speed manual
It was a pleasure working with Steve on his project. My contribution was a few clicks on the keyboard to add his really great pictures to this thread, and his previous thread on the rebuild of his 3.9L V6. There are pictures in these threads that you will find nowhere else on the internet! It's a great historical repository for this sturdy engine. I have the same engine in my Dakota, but only 138K miles on it, and I have never had to do anything to the engine itself, which still runs perfectly and starts every time. I have replaced the water pump (twice) and the valve cover gaskets, but other than that just normal maintenance -- plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor, and cleaning the throttle body, and very regular oil/filter changes.