Our New Truck

In my life I have loved one vehicle I owned, a 1986 Isuzu Trooper that I bought used in 1992, with a lot of help from my mother. Since 1999, I have driven a 1997 Isuzu Hombre pickup truck that we bought used after living in Lafayette for a few months and trying to make do with one car. I had planned on driving that truck until at least half of the boat book was done, but it seems to have had a different idea about its life course and gave up its second clutch. With the cost of repairing it estimated at $850 on a truck whose total value was only about $1600, I got our mechanic to agree to buy it for the difference and we headed out as a family to buy me/husband/daddy a new truck. I have always wanted a Toyota Tacoma, and I was pretty content with the extended cab model with the inline 4 cylinder engine. Yung took one look at the cab and decided it was too small for our growing girl and voted for the double cab.

I think I now have the second vehicle in my life that I will love:

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For record, here are the cars I have owned/driven:

* 1973 Ford Gran Torino (hand-me-down — thanks mom and dad!)
* 1982 Toyota Tercel SR5 (bought new and sold to a French exchange student in 1992 for $500)
* 1986 Isuzu Trooper (bought used, sold to some high school kid who promptly tore the bumper off)
* 1996 Volkswagen Golf (given to Yung)
* 1997 Isuzu Hombre XS

And now this truck.