I actually bought a 1988 model new, and I loved it! I had to get rid of it, and I was so sad to let it go. I then had a chance to buy a 1990 used for $500 in 2006, and I jumped on it! It was rough, loud and BIG. I loved that! Saved my life in a head on with a concrete median on a rain slicked road. It took a beating and was done, but a NEWER SUV, well, I doubt if I could have walked away! I miss those steel giants!
I've been looking at these. My uncle had a Dodge Ram from the late 70s that rolled down a hill and took out a bunch of pine trees. Had to replace the radiator and fender but that was it. They seem to be based off the same models and back then Dodge could take one hell of a beating.