Last month I learned that my ’98 Tacoma’s frame was getting extremely rusty and the rate of rusting seemed excessive. About the same time I received notification from
Toyota Motors that they were offering an extension on the Frame Rust Perforation
warrantee due to many complaints. My model year is included in the extension. I
was instructed to present my vehicle to Toyota for inspection of the frame. It’s a
goner! I loved that truck. Being a short box regular cab with a manual five speed
it was almost as much fun as driving an old sports car, only a little more top heavy and
way more useful, especially hauling long recumbents around town. Sigh, and life goes on.
So sometime in the next six weeks I’m supposed to receive a package from Toyota
thru an intermediary company offering to buy back my truck. They are supposedly
offering “Buy Back Candidates” 1.5 X’s the Kelly Blue Book suggested retail value
of the vehicle as if in excellent condition, regardless of the condition of the truck. I
can find no fault with a program such as this and will pay down a bunch of debt
with my check, but I won’t have a truck. I won’t have my fun to drive little red
My wife’s Camry has passed 150000 miles and we figure it’s got one, maybe two
years left on it as the body is rusting away. We’re thinking of replacing the Camry
and the Tacoma with one vehicle instead of two. Perhaps an extended cab pick-up
with an automatic transmission (her bad leg) will fit the bill as a vehicle we can share.
I really want to stay Toyota but don’t want to have the same problem all over again.
Guess I’ve got some research to do.
In the meantime, I've still got an old beater sitting around, I've just got to rig up a
way to carry the recumbents and the tandem on top of that old '88 Caprice. Whew,
I had it for sale during the Summer...lucky for me everybody shied away from the V-8
due to gas costs. Another one of life's hidden little blessings no doubt.