Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #95

1995 wasn't a terribly inspiring year for new model introductions. Many models were revamped in '95, like the Corolla or the BMW 5 series, but few truly inspiring models were introduced. There was, however, this interesting pickup:


1995 Toyota Tacoma. Rather than simply revamp the pickup like, Toyota opted to actually give their North American small pickup a name. I remember when the Tacoma was launched - there was a fair amount of consternation given that Tacoma, WA wasn't exactly a place most would think of to name a vehicle after.

But the Tacoma was the first model to roll off Toyota's North American assembly line, and they wanted it to have a uniquely American name, and thus what was known around the world as the Hi-Lux became the Tacoma. Or Taco for short.

I've thought about a ~ 10 year old Tacoma for TheBoy. It's really just about the perfect vehicle for a teenage boy - it only seats two, so he can't bring a contingent of peers; with the 4 cylinder engine and automatic transmission he won't be racing anyone in the truck; and with a 4" lift and 33" tires it still looks pretty badass. And since it's a Toyota, it'll run for a long time.

Now, anyone got a line on a used Taco?

That is all.

10 comments:

Chris in TX said...

Be prepared to spend dollars in seemingly insane amounts for a used Tacoma, especially in 4x4. The only thing that comes close in owner loyalty (and nonsensically high resale prices) are Jeep Wranglers.

abnormalist said...

I'd say quite the opposite, in my area you can pick up a used tacoma for less than any other truck. Two simple words explain why

FRAME RUST

Yeah, recall after recall. dealerships replacing FRAMES! Yeah really.

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/toyota_tacoma.html

Jeff Caisse said...

I had 1991, pre-Tacoma great truck 4x4 5speed manual trans and 4cyl in 12 yrs I put 387k+ on it.

Jeff Caisse said...

I had 1991, pre-Tacoma great truck 4x4 5speed manual trans and 4cyl in 12 yrs I put 387k+ on it.

Spike said...

Get him a manual. Keeps the number of numbskulls down who want to borrow or drive said truck.

Had a '92 Toyota 4x4 in black that I got in the fall of 96. Great little truck. Wish I still had it.

Brad_in_MA said...

Jay,
My buddy Steve replaced not one, but TWO toyota pickups due to frame rust. One one recall, he got a credit of $16k towards a new truck.

Anonymous said...

I may be wrong but had heard that the American trucks are not related to the HiLux .---- Thomas

Old NFO said...

Jacked up ones DO have a tendency to roll over...

Sarthurk said...

Yeah, get a roll bar.

Anonymous said...

Not racing? dream on. he'll just race against someone whose vehicle is just as slow. I did it in a '77 GMC C15 250 I6 3 on the tree. 3900lbs 105hp Ended up with lip pierced by steering wheel. Other driver was in '79 VW bus.

Pack of friends? I was once one of 10 people loaded into a '67 mustang for an 0dark30 trip to IHOP. Figure 4 or 5 in the cab and 10 or 12 in the bed.