random #15: New truck pics - 2005 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 05-07-2009 12:46 PM 6339 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here it is. Certified preowned, but no dents or dings or anything.

Toyota Tacoma

It’s 5 years old, but the engine looks pretty new.

Toyota Tacoma engine

Obligatory guy and his new truck photo:

Toyota Tacoma and me

“Access Cab,” woo!

Toyota Tacoma access cab opened

Let’s go find some dead trees!

Toyota Tacoma with me in cab

Few more pics in the flickr set if you need them.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-07-2009 12:55 PM

Now you are ready to haul some “found wood”. You can give that poor car a rest now. :)

With this “increased capacity” and your propensity for finding wood I am not sure where you are going to be able to put it. But it will be a fun challenge to deal with, I am sure.

Have fun and keep on truckin’.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-07-2009 12:58 PM

Congrats Gary!
Looks like a nice one, should serve you well. A guy at work is still driving his 1993 Toyota truck.
Now let’s see what kind of trees you bring home…


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 05-07-2009 02:20 PM


--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 05-07-2009 02:57 PM

Nice gloat!

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#5 posted 05-07-2009 04:03 PM

I must be doing something wrong!

When my truck (bought new in 1979) gave up the ghost last year- and just 2 more payments to go- I moved “up” to an 86 Mighty Dodge Ram pickup.

Nice Truck, Gary

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 05-07-2009 04:14 PM

What you need in that truck is a load of WOOD! :-)

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#7 posted 05-07-2009 04:15 PM

Oh !!!!and back over the PT cruiser behind you LOL

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#8 posted 05-07-2009 04:33 PM

I’ve had my 2000 Tundra SR5 for maybe 7 years. Except for the person that hit me while going through an intersection, I haven’t had any problems with my truck. My wife and I are life long Toyota owners and it’s not likely we will buy anything else. We just bought my wife a 2009 Camry Hybrid, and she loves it. We traded in her last Camry with over 200,000 miles on it, and it was still running really well. Welcome to the Toyota family :).

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#9 posted 05-07-2009 04:45 PM

Danger to dead and live trees alike! Nice wheels Gary!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#10 posted 05-07-2009 04:55 PM

Looks great, now if you can just keep the wood only in the bed and not inside.


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#11 posted 05-10-2009 10:10 AM

Scott – I have some log racks I built, but they’re all full now :) I’m going to be adding 3 more sections to the 3 that are already there in the coming weeks. Then I’m going to be chewing through some of this wood, trying to make some things to free up space, just in case I run into another entire fallen tree!

Chris L. – I love hearing about Toyotas that are going strong after 15 years. I bought a Toyota after hearing so many stories like that, and then seeing what the Top Gear guys put that Hylux through. It’s the same truck underneath, basically, and they just couldn’t kill it.

Barry – Indeed! Never changed my own oil before, but maybe now I have no more excuses!

Jacques – HAHA! I haven’t found anyone yet who doesn’t hate PT Cruisers. After driving around in one for a week (returned it tonight to Dollar Car Rental), I don’t much like them either. It’s like every feature they put in it was done wrong. I’m actually impressed.

Mike – Thanks! More anecdotal evidence of Toyota’s solid builds.

All: Thanks for all the supportive comments. I’m liking the truck more each time I climb inside it, and it is a bit of a climb, after 9 years in a short hatchback.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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