winter beater search is over. after trying forever to find a cheapo beater, i gave up and just went to the local used dealer lot. picked up a 2000 dakota sport with the v8 magnum, 72k on it for 8k. needs tires and brakes, and they are doing all that before i pick it up, so i'll have brand new tires and brakes on it. motor bay was mint... real clean. no accidents... bolts are all still painted over. body is straight. no rust. has an aftermarket exhaust on it... flowmaster or something. sounds pretty mean. lol bed and body has some scratches and a couple minor dents, but whatever... i don't really care. inside isn't the prettiest, but its good enough. has some wear spots and a couple cigarette burns... oh well. it will suit me well for a work truck and a winter vehicle. its like a dark blue/black... i don't know. it was dark and i suck at colors.