I nearly laughed my ass off. Too funny! If I was any good at
carving, I think I'd make one for my car just for laughs.
To keep this sorta on topic, remember the wooden gift the little kid
makes for Billy Bob Thornton in the movie "Bad Santa"? The "wooden
pickle" colored brown by the dried blood from the kid when he made it?
As someone who's owned a mini-fleet of Toyota pickups, and currently
has an '05 TRD Offroad Access Cab 4x4 Tacoma with a 6 speed manual
(and a short shift kit), I ask _WHY_?
What a fan-freakintastic truck!
Perfect, slightly smaller than "American truck" size, easy access to
the back of the cab, kick-ass use of interior space, it tows 6500
pounds with a factory class 5 hitch w/ 7 pin electrics, gets ~ 20 MPG
when I'm not towing, has a rustproof, drillable FRP bed w/ sliding
tie-downs, _no doubt, genuine_ off-road capability (better than my '99
Jeep Wrangler Sport w/ 33's), ABS, electric locking diff, factory
clutch pedal bypass, 32" tires from the factory (and genuine
Bilsteins!), an aluminum radiator big enough for a P-51 (or a slow
moving 4x4 off-road on a hot day), air bags, factory stainless steel
headers, factory cold air intake, and an oil filter mounted ON TOP of
the front of the engine, complete with "dribble tray"! <G>
I never thought I'd see an easier oil change than my 1985 2WD, 22R
powered, non-airconditioned, no power steering, Toyota "Pickup", but
they did it!
I put an aluminum Thule XSporter overhead rack on it. The rack bolted
right onto the factory bed rails for easy hauling of lumber, pipe,
ladders, and my kayaks when I'm not dragging the cargo trailer around.
The spacing makes for simple and quick carriage of 12'+ lumber. I can
remove the rack in 5 minutes, if it's in the way.
Did I mention the kick-ass, low to the floor (just like older Toyota
Extra Cabs), lumbar adjustable TRD bucket seats? ;^)
I don't have silly stuff like leather, a remote starter, backup
camera, or a power moonroof.
My wife and I like the current generation Tacoma so much, we wish
they'd do a soft top FJ, so we can deep-six the Wrangler.
BTW, I've had _one_ Nissan truck, too...
I am not feeling the love for my Toyota right now. I need to grease
and adjust the front wheel bearings which have not been done in
220,000 miles. The factory alignment calls for zero caster which I
suspect contributes to the wandering. It wandered new but might be a
bit worse with the slightly loose wheel bearings. The last valve job
did not work so swell. Supposedly most of the guides were in good
shape with only one replaced. Truck is using too much oil which means
someone probably nicked the valve stem seals. You have to remove the
head to replace the seals. Transmission is fairly quiet but had some
new bearings at 100,000 miles. Synthetic oil may be helping keep those
bearings alive.Truck pings excessively. I need to send the injectors
off for cleaning and testing. I may drop the catalytic converter for
inspection. I cannot imagine it is in good shape after nearly 20
years. It does not tow my horse trailer very well anymore. That is my
big beef. I suspect injector cleaning and maybe a new catalytic
converter will make me happy again. My mileage is not much better than
yours and I have a mere 22RE with a towing package.
I am about a year away from looking at a new to me used truck. I was
thinking about a big diesel of some sort but maybe a smaller Tacoma
would be good enough. Time to start test driving.
I would LOVE to see the Tacoma sold in North America with the 3 liter
turbo-diesel that Toyota uses in the Hilux, sold to the entire rest of
the world. While it's fun smacking around rice boys from stop light
to stop light with the 4.0L V6, the diesel gets ~ 30 MPG with similar
Since you do your own maintenance, as I do, don't forget to pop the
hood. We've go some friends on the Tacoma engineering team!
My diesel VW gets about 50 mpg. Sometimes a bit over and sometimes a
bit less. A bit being about 2 mpg. It annoys me that the big 3 put
engines suitable for pulling a 30,000 lb. trailer in a chassis rated
for 20,000 gvw. I would not mind a smaller diesel in a big pickup that
would let me pull 10,000 lbs and get better than 18-20 empty that some
get. If you have driven a diesel Jetta you know it drives just fine
and has moderate acceleration. I am not in any race so 150 hp,
300lb/ft torque would probably be fine in a truck. I surely don't need
500-600 lb/ft of torque to pull a 5,000 lb trailer of hay. Just a
point to whine about until Toyota, Nissan or Honda start installing
diesels in their US trucks.
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