>2007 Toyota FJ. I negotiated fairly well, and bought a stripped one...
But does it have an inclinometer? THAT is the cool thing about this rig. And for only $4K more.
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>From: Jumpin_Jimmy [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>Sent: Thursday, July 5, 2007 07:08 AM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: [SKIVT-L] New Vehicle?/I just bought one
>Mark, I love your old Tacoma! Regular cab, 4 banger, 4wd!...buy another Tacoma, but
>consider the extended cab and a 4, and your mileage should be in the mid 20's. Not bad
>given that it is a 4wd truck, reliable, and holds value like no other brand on the road. You
>love the one you have, right? You throw gear into it and sleep in it, right? All you need is a
>dog to sit in there with you and green VT plates to have really arrived at "core"....
>I just bought a brand new rig. As a family guy, I had to have room for 4 people and their
>stuff, including bikes and skis. Two of the four are kids, and getting bigger, and bigger, too! I
>wanted something that would go through any weather (4wd) and be safe in a wreck ( this
>one really matters, having wrecked bad once, and now with kids).
>I wanted something that I could tow a trailer with and make it through mud season and
>around the backroads (clearance). I wanted something actually made in Japan, having owned
>toyotas built in both Japan (1995 4runner) and from USA (2004 Tacoma) I knew there was a
>quality difference. I considered subie wagons and audi wagons, but the reliability, resale,
>and fuel economy didn't impress me for the sacrifice of down-sizing from a truck/SUV.
>I knew I wanted a toyota, in part for the reliability and in part for the resale value...and for
>a year I shopped for another 4-runner used, but found that paradoxically the rigs I liked had
>held their values close to the price of a new one! When I looked at the cost difference
>between a rig a few years old like a 4-door Tacoma or a 4-runner, the price was in "new
>vehicle territory" but with many miles already on the odometer...
>So, with a tranny once again showing signs of weakness, 150,000 on the clock, and rust
>holes as big as a dinner plate, I traded in, sold off part of an investment to get a big chunk
>of cash for a deposit, and bought a brand-new, 3 miles on the odometer, plastic wrapped off
>the ship from Japan, 2007 Toyota FJ. I negotiated fairly well, and bought a stripped one and
>paid $24,000 before my deposit. For comparision, this is the price range of subie wagons and
>min-vans and Tacoma trucks....
>I can seat five. I have the roof rack and tow hitch. I can carry bikes, skis, fire-wood and tow
>a trailer! It has loads of power, and handles like a car. It has stability control and a locking
>rear diff, full frame construction, land cruiser heritage and feels like I would be ok in it in
>the rougher parts of Baghdad. It has two full size doors and two access doors my kids love. I
>get the same mileage as my old 4runner (19-20 mpg). I have a dual over-head cam
>aluminum block, 4 liter V-6, mated to a 6-speed transmission and an all-wheel drive system
>that is 60/40 split all the time, plus a 4wd transfer case and low range. Most importantly, I
>think if I do get in another bad wreck, I will do better than if I was in a subie wagon or an
>>On 7/2/07, Mark P. Renson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> My truck has 288,007 miles on it. It's a Toyota. Nothing's wrong with it
>>> other than the red color is fading to pink, the 78,355 farts puffed 'n
>>> sputtered into it have made the driver's seat a bit manky and I have to
>>> punch it to 80+ MPH on I-89 to get enough mo' to get up that huge hill at
>>> Bethel/Sharon. I have to start getting realistic, however.
>>> I want a vehicle that is:
>>> Will get 250k miles and do it in a manner that is inexpensive
>>> 4 wheel drive
>>> Good gas mileage would be nice because that means driving it will be
>>> 5 Speed
>>> Without much yuppie accouterment status symbol sh*t because that ain't
>>> Any suggestions?
>>> Yeah, I'll probably get another Toyota ..... but I gots to shop 'cuz it
>>> makes things inexpensive.
>>> Mark P. Renson
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