I know that this question has been posted numerous times here on TW. BUT, can it be done? And more importantly, HAS it been done?
I'm close to being able to afford to pay cash for another vehicle. I'm sick of vehicle payments and for the first time in my life I make enough money to pay cash for a truck.
With that being said, I want to buy something that I'll be happy with for at least the next 10 years. I'm not a trend chaser or a keep-up-with-the Jones' type of guy. I'd be content with driving a currently 5 year old vehicle for the next 10 years if it were configured EXACTLY as I want it.
I'm really leaning towards a 2009 Pyrite Mica DCLB. I love the DCLB but the only thing that sucks about it is that Toyota only offered it in an Automatic. Which to me, was a bonehead move on Toyota's part. But whatever. I used to have an XRunner and I loved the 6speed manual but I hated the XRunner itself. I promptly sold it. Later on I drove a 6Speed TRD 4WD Sport Tacoma and loved it. I procrastinated and it sold before I got serious about trying to buy it. But having had an XRunner, I was too fond of the Access Cab. I don't have more than one passenger so it wasn't an issue of passenger comfort, it was a matter of passenger compartment cargo room. I work for a railroad and travel is an occasional requirement of my job, which I like. Today, I drive a 2005 Radiant Red PreRunner DCLB. I love everything about it minus the radiant red (nice color just doesn't hold up well), the automatic and the lack of 4WD. When I bought it I needed something in a pinch. For being 2WD its gotten me far off road. A little weight in the rear and decent tires and its pretty sweet. But its not 4WD and I like to go places where a 4WD is a necessity. I like having the extra foot of bed too. For camping and offroading, its nice to be able to have all that room for gear. Also, in my opinion, the long bed looks better on the truck then the short bed.
I welcome all feedback. Feel free to critique, flame, insult, suggest, praise, complement, etc.
2009 Toyota Tacoma DCLB Pyrite Mica TRD Sport 4X4
6 speed manual transmission swap
ARB Air Lockers - Front and rear.
6 inch lift.
FN Wheels BFD 18x9 Bronze Wheels wrapped in BFG A/T KO tires.
BLHM, Non-Sport Hood, Satoshi Grill, Debadged.
Front, differential and driveshaft skid plates
Extang Revolution Tonneau Cover
Heated Leather Seats - front and rear
JL Audio Componets and Amps. 12" Subwoofer in stealth box.