Hey guys, I've been a member on the forum for a few years. I've been creeping the forum for quite awhile and looking at every build thread I can find. If I had my choice I would buy a Land Cruiser 70 Series new and have it imported. Very expensive. And there are a few ways to import it piece by piece and just assemble it here but it would also be very expensive.
Currently I'm driving my 2010 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Diesel that I have had for right at 3 years. 3 years of trouble free ownership and 97,000 miles later and I'm looking for something new. I've had new diesel trucks since my senior year of high school and its time for a change.
I'm moving back to California again at the end of the year. I have had diesel trucks every time I've lived in California and while the size is nice for the times when those pesky Prius drivers decide to tempt fate and test how fast I can get my 7,900lb brick shut down from 70mph parking absolutely SUCKS in the beach community I've lived in every time and I will live in again this time. I swear they use a Prius to decide on the width/length of their parking spots! Not to mention how many times I had I leave my truck downtown in LA or across the LA area because of people getting me blocked in.
I just want something a little easier to park relatively easy wherever I want and will still complete all my day to day projects.
I've looked at 4Runner Trail Editions, 2 Door Jeep Wranglers, Toyota Tacomas and even a few Chevy Tahoes. Currenty I'm torn between the Wrangler, Tacoma and the 4Runners. I have seen some of the 2014 4Runner's and I'm not real impressed with what they have some with the Trail Edition and how they have changed some of the exterior attributes.
As far as the Tacoma I am looking at a Black 2013 Tacoma Access Cab 4x4 V6 6Speed Manual with the TRD Sport Package. I test drove it and was really surprised how much room it had and how much fun it was to drive. I'm not really worried about mpg at the moment as I may do a small OME lift, ARB bumper and some other goodies.
Does anyone regret buying Tacoma with a 6speed manual?
And as soon as I get moved back I plan on buying another dirt bike so it would be nice to be able to haul the bike in the bed and not have to use a trailer or a hitch mounted carrier!
The truck I have now has literally been all over the country, up into Canada all over and up and down the Baja peninsula and its never skipped a beat or gave me any reason to hesitate taking it somewhere on a moments notice.
I need some recommendations and advice on what I should buy! Wrangler would be fun just for being able to take the softtop off and doors and just cruise while enjoying the Southern California sunshine 90% of the time. But I think the Tacoma would be more practical. I don't pull any trailers anymore besides a 14' utility trailer that I won't have in California. I really wish the Tacoma was available with a 6 Speed Manual in the Double Cab Fullsize bed configuration. It's a bummer that its not! That would be my choice for sure! I just don't really like the looks of the Double Cab and short bed. Give me some input guys!