Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life

By , on March 16, 2010

Cars and Trucks

I have been a bit hard on Toyota lately. It is only fair to disclose that I own a 2010 Toyota Tacoma, a 2008 Honda Civic, and an 1997 Ford F-150. The trucks are four-wheel drive and all vehicles are five speed manuals.

The Ford had many recalls when new, but is an excellent vehicle that has required few repairs since we factory ordered it in early 1996.  It has only 70,000 miles on it, but many of these are in snow, or hauling gravel, or idling, or pulling people out of the ditch, or operating on gravel roads. Its service has been severe, but it is in very good condition and you would never know its use had been rough based on its performance and appearance. It represents money well spent.

The Honda has been virtually flawless, with no recalls and no warranty issues. It has 17,000 miles on it. It is a useful and fun car to drive; I commute with it and my wife and I stuff it with groceries and gear on the weekends. It is so cheap to operate that you think you’re making money while driving. It gets about 35 mpg all the time (actually from 32 to 39 mpg – the lowest mileage occurs when idling to de-ice it in the winter).

The Toyota has about 1000 miles on it. There have been no unintended acceleration issues, but there seems to be a warranty issue. The starter makes a ringing sound when the vehicle is first started after it sits for a few days. It is an excellent vehicle and meets our needs very well.

Lastly, there is an unregistered 1976 Corvette Stingray awaiting restoration in the garage. A lot of us rural guys have similar prizes tucked away somewhere.

1 Comment to “My Car Disclosure”

  1. Tony Woody says:

    My wife and I also own a Honda and a Toyota. We have a 2005 Honda Accord (her car) which we bought used at 50k miles and has worked out great for us. We also have a 2002 Toyota Tacoma that I bought new. I have had no complaints with the truck so far and I have had it over 8 years. It has 152k miles on it with no signs of stopping.

    Prior to that I owned a 1986 2wd Toyota Pickup that I bought at 110k and drove until it had 250k on it – that truck sold me on the quality of Toyota pickup trucks.

    Despite all the press, I’ll definitely stand by the Toyota trucks. (not sure on the cars though).


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