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Bout' time I introduced myself. New-to-me Tacoma owner.

Discussion in 'New Members' started by ummgood, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. Jan 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM
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    ummgood

    ummgood [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey everyone,

    I have posted a couple times on here and never introduced myself. So here I am. I am pretty excited I got a Tacoma on Jan 16th.

    About myself:
    I am 34 and father of 2 kids. One is 6 and the other is going to be a year in a couple weeks. Prior to buying the Tacoma I had a 2005 Mustang GT. I sold it last year to try commuting via scooter to work. So I sold the Mustang and purchased a 500CC scooter. I commuted on that for over a year and managed pretty well but getting geared up for wet and dealing with sub freezing temperatures was a pain but I managed.

    Fast forward a year and my youngest got pretty sick and had to go to the E.R. a couple weeks ago. Well while she was in the E.R. my wife called and said she might get transferred. I was at home with my other daughter while she was sleeping but I had no way to get to the hospital because my other daughter is still too young to ride on the scooter so I decided to get a 2nd car again. I had pretty much made up my mind I would like a truck for various household chores etc...

    My friend has a 1999 Tacoma TRD 4x4 Ext Cab that has 175k miles on it that I have borrowed off and on and the thing still runs like it is brand new so I started looking into Tacomas. I didn't want to buy brand new because I have learned that I lose too much money buying cars new so I wanted a decent used one. The requirements were that it had 4 doors and was 4wd. I have a boat that I tow with my wife's Pilot but it is near the capacity so I wanted something that could tow it easier.

    So I started looking and found a decent silver one about 90 miles from my house. When I called the salesman to see if he still had it he told me there was a dent in the tailgate (bowed out from the inside out.) So I looked some more and the Friday before I bought it I found a no hassle price on a 4 door Red Tacoma near Dallas. Plus it was a Certified Pre-Owned and the price was too good to be true (cheapest used Tacoma with < 100k miles in a 300 mile radius). I called and verified the No-hassle price and they still had the truck so I said I would come up and buy it the next day.

    So the next morning at 6a.m. my father-in-law and myself drove to Dallas to check out the truck. I was expecting it to have some problem like smoked in and smelled bad, tore up upholstery, who knows but when I got there and saw it it was better looking than I could have imagined. So I sat down with the salesman and told him the price. He first came back with the price after my down payment and I told him no that was the price before my down payment. He said "where did you get that price". I told him online so he double checked and there it was $18,251. He leaves and comes back and the sales manager swore up and down that he mispriced the truck and was losing 300 dollars on the deal. I told him I drove all that way and already called and verified the price so he sold it to me for the no-haggle price.

    Well they spent 1 hour trying to sell me everything trying to make a profit but I didn't budge. I had no trade-in, already lined up my own financing. I just wanted the truck for the advertised price. Let me tell you I have never been hassled this bad in my life. By far the worse car buying experience for me and I have purchased so many new/used cars so I have quite a bit of experience. I would have liked to walk but this was the only 4x4 I could find that was less than 20k and I didn't want to lose it.

    So in the end I ended up with my '05 4x4 SR5 Toyota with the tow package. It has 58k miles and I think was an awesome deal! Plus I still have up to 100k and 2.5 years on the certified pre-owned warranty. And the price of 18,251 was less than private party blue book. Plus the truck doesn't even look like the owner even spilled something on the interior.

    So I'll be hanging out here trying to learn everything there is to know about my truck. I do have aspirations of lifting it some day for fun and making it into a hobby. For now though I have to use it to haul kids and my boat.

    Here is a picture of my stang:
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    The scooter:
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    And the new truck (Sorry took photos with my phone.):
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  2. Jan 28, 2010 at 10:59 AM
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    thekidcatcher

    thekidcatcher Well-Known Member

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    Toy-tec lift, Helo rims, BFG KM2 285/75/R16, Warn M8000 w/ Warn wirless remote, CB, PA, 12in sub with alpine amp, All-Pro offroad front/rear/rocksliders, highlift jack, JBA headers, midpipe, exhaust, Safari Snorkel, Siren, Bilstein 5100 in front with OME 886, UWS toolbox, Dual Battery, Warn Air compressor, Total Chaos UCA's, 5150's bilstein in the rear, URD MAF sensor, u bolt flip kit, diff armor, touchscreen cd player hooked up to front and rear cameras, dvd anytime mod, in dash inverter, Cobra CB
    Well Welcome to TW! Nice collection of rides.
     
  3. Jan 28, 2010 at 11:04 AM
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    ummgood

    ummgood [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the welcome! I also see you're in GT. Awesome!

    I am pretty stoked with the truck. It is more than I could have imagined.
     
  4. Jan 28, 2010 at 11:50 AM
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    thekidcatcher

    thekidcatcher Well-Known Member

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  5. Jan 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM
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    ummgood

    ummgood [OP] Well-Known Member

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    That would be fun. It is my wife's birthday on Sat so we'll be celebrating that. Maybe next time.
     
  6. Jan 28, 2010 at 2:07 PM
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    thekidcatcher

    thekidcatcher Well-Known Member

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    Toy-tec lift, Helo rims, BFG KM2 285/75/R16, Warn M8000 w/ Warn wirless remote, CB, PA, 12in sub with alpine amp, All-Pro offroad front/rear/rocksliders, highlift jack, JBA headers, midpipe, exhaust, Safari Snorkel, Siren, Bilstein 5100 in front with OME 886, UWS toolbox, Dual Battery, Warn Air compressor, Total Chaos UCA's, 5150's bilstein in the rear, URD MAF sensor, u bolt flip kit, diff armor, touchscreen cd player hooked up to front and rear cameras, dvd anytime mod, in dash inverter, Cobra CB
    Alrighty man. Just keep an eye out for meets and if there is one going around Ill send the info your way too. You ever been offroading before?
     
  7. Jan 28, 2010 at 2:10 PM
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    NAAC3TACO

    NAAC3TACO Well-Known Member

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    Color matched door handles, Weathertech mats, rubber bed mat.
    Welcome to TW. Nice collection.
     
  8. Jan 28, 2010 at 2:11 PM
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    ummgood

    ummgood [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Once in a Jeep Wrangler probably 7 years ago.
     
  9. Jan 28, 2010 at 2:11 PM
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    ummgood

    ummgood [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!
     
  10. Jan 28, 2010 at 2:13 PM
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    rob1

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    Tail gate mod, locking gas cap, locking spare tire, rear spring tsb,Weathertech Digital fit's
    Welcome Aboard fellow Texan!! How is your youngest doing, still in the hospital??
     
  11. Jan 28, 2010 at 2:13 PM
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    topgun155

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    Welcome to TW from TX.
     
  12. Jan 28, 2010 at 2:16 PM
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    JM76

    JM76 Ride On

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    welcome to tw from south carolina!:)
     
  13. Jan 28, 2010 at 2:28 PM
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    ColtsTRD

    ColtsTRD .....

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    Welcome to TW!!! :wave:
     
  14. Jan 28, 2010 at 4:35 PM
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    thekidcatcher

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    Hee hee (Major Paine laugh) then you will be in for a treat if you go to one of our meets.
     
  15. Jan 28, 2010 at 4:41 PM
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    1337Taco

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    Welcome from California!
     
  16. Jan 28, 2010 at 4:56 PM
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    adktacoma

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    welcome yoi tw, hope the baby's ok. I fell in love with Austin when i was there, got a t from the Contintental Club and wear it proudly
     
  17. Jan 28, 2010 at 5:35 PM
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    ummgood

    ummgood [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!

    Thanks! She is doing better. She managed to catch the flu and a cold at the same time and got severely dehydrated. She hasn't been free from illness since before Christmas but isn't needing trips to the E.R. currently so we are keeping optimistic. She is acting much happier now.

    haha that jeep was a beast! Plus nothing like getting whacked in the back of the head by the huge balls of mudd.

    I love Austin! We moved here from Cali in 2005 and I don't regret it at all. I couldn't imagine living somewhere else. It has so much to do but we also can feel like we live in a small rural town in the middle of nowhere but still be in the city limits.
     
  18. Jan 28, 2010 at 6:37 PM
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    thekidcatcher

    thekidcatcher Well-Known Member

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    Austin a small rural town? You must have lived in a huge city lol
     
  19. Jan 29, 2010 at 6:21 AM
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    ummgood

    ummgood [OP] Well-Known Member

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    haha actually no but I am used to California. It is a bunch of smaller towns smashed together to make one large populated area. Austin is very spread out. It doesn't probably seem that way to people who are used to Texas but for me I am still amazed how long it takes to drive from one edge of Austin to another.

    I live in the city limits but my back fence is the actual limit line so the people behind me have acreage. So it feels like I live in the country even though I live in Austin city limits. In the bay area of Cali you either had to be filthy rich or not live in the bay area to get a similar feel.

    On a side note I bought my first Tacoma accessory today! A iPod controller! I actually bought two one for my friend who has a 2008 Prerunner but he isn't on this forum.
     
  20. Jan 29, 2010 at 8:45 AM
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    AZCOMA

    AZCOMA where can't I go?

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    WELCOME to TW
     
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