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The New Guy

Discussion in 'New Members' started by ee-lee, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. Jan 10, 2010 at 8:16 AM
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    ee-lee

    ee-lee [OP] Member

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    Hi,

    I have been a member of the forum for awhile now but generally just log on to find answers. I'm retired Navy since 1997 when I was retired on disability due to a shipboard accident. I have owned Toyotas since 1971. My first one was a rather less than glamorous 1971 Corona Mark II. My first Toyota truck was a 1978 that I bought used and ran until "the wheels fell off" in 1990. That was the year I bought the best Toyota truck I have ever owned, a 1990 standard bed 2 WD base model. It ran 530,000 miles on 2 clutches, one alternator and regular oil changes with just normal maintenance. The 1996 I had didn't even come close. I gave up on it last year after it nickle and dimed me for several years. It had 258,000 miles on it. I'm not one to trade in my vehicles, when I'm done with them there isn't much left to trade. Which brings me to the 2009 base model I bought in August. I can honestly say they don't make them like they used to (plastic bed?)!

    I'm not sure what they were thinking with the floor shift. Why bother with the bench seat? Only a person with no legs could possibly sit in the center seat. And gone are the days when you could get what you wanted on the base model. Variable speed wipers, keyless entry forget it. You need to buy the extra cab, or the SR-5 or what ever. Toyota has gotten to be just another "American" style car company.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not horribly dissatisfied with Toyota. I'm just saying that they have gone the way of every other car company, they are nothing special anymore. I like to call it the Microsoft factor. Microsoft introduced us to the let's put it out there with all the bugs and start making our money back business model in the 1980's and 90's. We all just got used to it and it has become the norm with every other product in the market place. No one anymore is too surprised or outraged when they pay $20K or $30K for a truck that has to go back to the dealer for transmission, engine or electrical issues on a regular basis. We all just say, they don't make them like they used too, just hope it outlasts the warranty. I have no illusions that this truck will be anywhere near as reliable as the 1990 that I had. Already it has been in for numerous quirky little problems.

    So I guess that is why the forums exist. If one had to go back to the dealer for everything that goes wrong we'd all be walking or riding bicycles because we couldn't afford to drive. As I said, I'm not horribly dissatisfied just a bit disappointed. I have already added heated power mirrors (I'm getting lazy in my old age and to be honest the stock mirrors are a real pain to adjust, the passenger side is darn near impossible without 2 people), keyless entry, intermittent wipers, got rid of that abominable stock radio (what a dog!!) if they paid more than 2 bucks a unit for those they got robbed, and an auto dimming rearview mirror, .

    At any rate enough venting. I am now an electrical engineer (went back to school when I got out of the Navy) and I have been messing around with cars and motorcycles for way more years than I'd care to admit so if I can help I will.
     
  2. Jan 10, 2010 at 8:22 AM
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    AK27

    AK27 Well-Known Member

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    welcome :)
     
  3. Jan 10, 2010 at 8:33 AM
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    OffroadToy

    OffroadToy This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok

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    I understand where your coming from...my last Toyota was a 1988 4Runner and was the best truck anyone could ever ask for. I only put 350,000 miles on her, but had very little problems. Actually, it's amazing it lasted that long considering what little maintenance I did.
    Welcome aboard!:cheers:
     
  4. Jan 10, 2010 at 2:08 PM
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    Ridingontrd

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    Thank you for your service.:cheers:
    Welcome to TW.
     
  5. Jan 10, 2010 at 2:09 PM
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    MY50cal

    MY50cal I think I'm getting the Fear.

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    Yes.
    Welcome :cheers:
     
  6. Jan 10, 2010 at 2:36 PM
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    EBBS03

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    Welcome
     
  7. Jan 10, 2010 at 4:07 PM
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    Edrin55

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  8. Jan 10, 2010 at 5:10 PM
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    4low2go

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    Hello, welcome to TW!
     
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