Holy shit! I am now the genuine lucky owner of a 2002 Toyota Tacoma with all the bells and whistles (V6 engine, 4-way electrical hookup for trailer lights, bed extender, extra back jump seats, 4-wheel drive, and airbags-a feature that was conspicuously absent in my 1990 Civic.) It’s obviously going to be a process getting used to driving this vehicle. For starters, it’s 12 years newer than my previous vehicle. Also, it’s as aerodynamic as a refrigerator and sits so high off the ground on its giant tires that I could slide under it and change the oil without having to put it on jackstands. But it will prove more than capable of pulling my trailer-at least that’s what the guy at the car dealership assured me. I went for a Toyota truck because they have an incredible reputation for reliability. I knew someone who had a ’92 Toyota truck with 220,000 miles on it that ran faithfully; he even slept in it for half a summer.
So I’m hoping this truck works out, especially since I paid cash for it and ended up dropping half my savings account on it. If anyone has experience towing stuff with a Toyota truck, I’d be happy to hear from you.
-Lia Pearl, Certified Truck-Driving Douchebag
(With temporary plates and everything.)