To understand the passion and love I have for my Tacoma we have to go back to life before I was blessed with being an owner of one. I was fortunate enough to be given a truck by my parents when I turned 16. It was a single cab 1998 Dodge Dakota. It was dubbed the “Blue Bullet”
I performed all of my own maintenance and tinkering on that truck. With many bruised knuckles and trips back and forth to AutoZone
, this led me to join my first automotive forum; I even created a “car domain” page. This planted the seed for forum browsing and car ogling issue I have now. I have always believed to take “pride in your ride”
8 years and 110,000 miles later (it had 76,000 miles when I got it), the transmission was on its way out. It was time to make the upgrade. I had graduated college and obtained my dream job working as a firefighter in Central Texas. Through my fire academy the Blue Bullet was starting to go belly up, and I could not afford to be late or have the slightest chance of not making it on time. Fortunately I knew I wanted a Toyota Tacoma for several years before actually owning or searching for one. My sister had a first gen through college, before moving on to her FJ. This is beside the point but my brother drives a Prius, so we’re keeping it in the Toyota family.
I had been browsing Tacoma World for months before actually buying one. This site helped me find out which colors I liked, which body styles and trim packages were for me. I was searching for the Truck of my dreams. Up until that point life had been falling into place; graduating college, meeting the love of my life, and getting the dream job. All that was missing was the truck I was going to start my family with. I had narrowed it down to a Radiant Red and MGM Tacoma; although SWB has a spot in my heart due to the blue bullet. I put it up to my friends on Facebook as to which color I should choose, as I would have been equally as happy with either color.
Here is the actual picture I posted.
MGM it was, it was decided, next was to find one in Central Texas. I searched for weeks, I browsed classifieds, made cars.com and auto trader
my top pages visited. Searched craigslist’s adds for hours, filtering through ads in Austin, San Antonio and Houston. Then one Saturday night, I found a 2011 MGM Tacoma Prerunner TRD Sport for $24,999 with 18,500 miles in San Antonio. But the dealer was closed and it was Saturday, what are the chances this dealer was open on a Sunday? Well holy cow, they were! So I get there, take it for a spin, then put it up on the lift and check under it. Plug in my Bluetooth obd reader and open up the torque app to check for stored codes, everything was perfect! I had found the truck that I will drive until it cannot be driven anymore. After driving it home and giving it hugs and kisses goodnight, I came inside and joined Tacoma world as an owner of a new to me, Toyota Tacoma.
Photo from web ad:
Then the “mod bug bit” I quickly flipped through “show me your mgm taco, what did you do to your Tacoma today” and had guidance from the Tacomas I looked up to, the Tacomas that came before me. I always search here and google for days the ideas or thoughts on what to do next or how to fix something. It is sad to see people who view their cars as mere appliances, every person that is a member of a forum, and who have ever turned a wrench knows that these trucks are an extension of who we are. I am happy to support vendors and members that custom make mods for our trucks. (I feel that I’ve been waiting an eternity for my homertaco grill! But it’s worth it! Take your time Sir!) I’m glad to see the passion the members of Tacoma world have for their trucks as it ignites and enforces my own passion. It tells me there are still those that know that yes this truck is something that gets me from point a to b but it’s also so much more.
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From going to an underpowered cramped truck to a sweet double cab with a bigger engine, I have an excellent appreciation for what I have now. I remember my roots, the times I had to drive with my bags in the bed of the truck getting soaked from the rain. The 6 years I didn’t have AC in 100+ degree weather, or when the AC would only blow cold while driving. I remember the worry that the ball joints would bust and wheels would go one way and the body another.
My journey with my Tacoma has just begun; December 9th 2013 will be my 1 year anniversary with the MGM Taco dubbed "gray ghost". But my passion for this truck and this hobby still grows every day!
furbaby after a rainy day at the park
My girlfriend would get annoyed sometimes with how often I would go and wash my truck, especially when I would be gone for hours with the clay bar and wax. She even said you need to rub me down as often as you do that truck! Luckily she has grown to accept the relationship between a person and car. She always gives me “the look” when I ask, “Hey, did I lock my truck?” and scurry back halfway from walking into the store to make sure. The walk that would take “forever” she says since I park so far away to avoid rogue shopping carts!
I am fortunate to say that she has stuck with me and she is now my fiancée, as of December 4th, 2013. This has however significantly put a dent in my Tacoma spending money, which has now become “wedding money” I can justify the new tires this spring but as of now, new wheels are out of the question. So if Santa sends them my way it will be the icing on the cake for the journey my Tacoma has been on with me so far and will carry me through as I write my happily ever after.
Thank you for the opportunity and Happy Holidays!
-Stay humble, stay hungry.