D700 and Macro len
Thanks for all the input. With all the information Ive gathered it would seem this lens is good enough to repair and nothing else fits the price range. Nikon still sells it new for $400.
I think Ill risk having it repaired vs buying one on Ebay. I know what kind of life this lens has had and if I listed it for sale I could say honestly 'like new' except for the dried up lubricant.
I'll make note of the 105 mm lens. I have a 105mm f 1.8 portrait lens that I love but it only focuses to 3.5 feet.