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2011 Toyota Tacoma TRD (Manuel)

The Toyota Tacoma, the best-selling compact pickup truck in America, offers two new accessory packages for 2011 based on a concept truck first shown at the 2009 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) Show. The T|X and T|X Pro packages, available in conjunction with the Off-Road Package, add Toyota Racing Development (TRD) accessories in a unique combination at a special value price.
My Perspective
The toyota tacoma is the best truck I have owned. I love the ride, the responsive handling make it a joy to drive. There is plenty of power to get you out into traffic as fast as yo need to be. The turning radius out on small dirt roads is outstanding. A big 2 thumbs up from me. 
Toyota developed the Tacoma T|X concept truck to gauge consumer reaction at the 2009 SEMA Show. The concept featured unique dual custom graphic designs on each side of the truck, and an assortment of aggressive performance features inspired by traditional TRD elements that conveyed the lifestyle of Tacoma owners. The overwhelmingly positive reaction to the truck was a major inspiration for the development of the two new packages.


Available on a limited basis, the new T|X and T|X Pro Packages translate a sporty SEMA concept into a package the customer can add to a Tacoma V6 Access Cab or V6 Double Cab on both 4×2 PreRunner and 4×4 drive types equipped with the TRD Off-Road Package. The extra dose of performance makes it the most capable off-road Tacoma in the Toyota lineup.
The T|X Package gives the Tacoma a sporty and even semi-menacing look with TRD 16-inch black alloy bead-lock wheels and 265/70R16 BF Goodrich Rugged Trail tires. Black tube side steps, a stainless steel exhaust tip and unique exterior graphics give the T|X the look of a custom truck, but at a special value. The MSRP of the T|X Package is $1,699, a savings of $754 compared to the package items ordered as separate options.
The T|X Pro Package is a performance-driven package with a TRD cat-back performance exhaust system to give the V6 a throatier sound and a bit more power. Also priced at an MSRP of $1,699, the T|X Pro Package represents a savings of $720 versus the package contents added as separate accessories. Both T|X and T|X Pro packages deliver a superior value to aftermarket accessories, especially considering that they are covered under the three-year/36,000 mile comprehensive vehicle limited warranty.
The TRD Off-Road Package underlying both T|X editions provides a carefully tuned balance of off-road performance and on-road handling. Chassis modifications include an electronic locking rear differential, progressive-rate front springs, specially tuned Bilstein shock absorbers, a 28-mm front stabilizer bar and B.F. Goodrich Rugged Trail tires. Fog lamps top off the package for a tough, sporty appearance. Added features on the TRD Off-Road Package include a 400W/115V powerpoint in the bed, sport seats with adjustable lumbar support and unique fabric, plus an overhead console with a compass and outside temperature display.

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2005 Ford Mustang Convertible

The 2005–2009 base Mustang is powered by Ford's cast iron block 4.0 L Cologne SOHC V6, replacing the 3.8 L Essex OHV V6 used in 2004 and older models. It produces 210 hp (157 kW) at 5300 rpm and 240 lb·ft (325 N·m) of torque at 3500 rpm and is mated to a standard Tremec T-5 5-speed manual transmission with Ford's 5R55S 5-speed automatic transmission available as an option. A 3.31:1 final drive ratio is standard with either transmission. Though criticized for a lack of refinement, the standard V6 powertrain is capable of delivering competitive performance. In a comparison test with a Pontiac G6 Convertible conducted by Motor Trend magazine, a Mustang V6 Convertible equipped with an automatic transmission was able to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) in 7.3 seconds; 1.4 seconds better than its competitor.[6] All models of the current Mustang make use of an independent MacPherson-strut front suspension with reverse "L" lower control arms. The rear suspension utilizes a new three-link system with a Panhard Rod which controls the vertical and lateral movements of the axle.[7] This live axle rear suspension, while sacrificing handling, provides the benefits of reduced cost and weight over heavier, more expensive independent rear suspensions. In spite of this, Ford has drawn heavy criticism from the automotive journalism community for the decision to equip the current Mustang with the live axle system. At a press conference, Ford stated that to include an independent rear suspension would have added $5,000 to the showroom price of the car.
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Ford F350 King Ranch Super Duty

I loved this truck, it drove great and was one of the most comfortable trucks I have every been in. I miss being so high up in the air and feeling of so much room. Had it not started to have so many issues, I would still have it, even though it stranded me in the middle of Nevada.
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2000 Toyota Tundra
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1987 Nissan Pathfinder
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1995 Pontiac Grand Am
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1995 Mazda B2300
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1984 Mazda B2000 SE5

This was my ver first new car. My dad helped my trade in the 70 pontiac as a down payment. I mad a lot of changes to this car. Lowered the front end, stereo's, tinted windows, pen stripping, new tires and wheels. It was a fun truck.
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1970 Pontiac Lemans

This was our family car, my dad rebuilt and gave to me to drive. I had a great time with this car and wish I still owned it, it wold be fun to fix up and customize maybe make a hot rod out of it.
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I have been fortunate enough to have owned several nice new vehicles in my life time. I am working on adding all the ones that I have owned at one time or another. My favorite was the F350 until it broke down on my several times.
Off Road
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2003 Honda Recon ES ATV

For 2003, Honda offers two versions of the best-selling mid-size ATV. The Recon ES features Honda's revolutionary Electric Shift Program (ESP), while the Recon retains the traditional foot-shift gear change.
Features & Benefits New for 2003
• New Yellow color.
Unique Features
• ES model features ESP(tm) (Electric Shift Program) for push-button upshifting and downshifting. The rider shifts simply and precisely with the press of the upshift or downshift button mounted on the left handlebar. An onboard electronic control module (ECM) monitors information from four sensors--engine rpm, countershaft speed, gear position, and shift spindle angle--to control the speed of the electric shift motor's gear and clutch engagement. Gear engagement speed varies according to rider style: The transmission shifts more quickly when riding style turns sporty. A neutral lockout at speeds greater than 2 mph ensures available engine braking when descending hills. To ensure smooth shifting, the transmission cannot be shifted from neutral to first gear or reverse gear at engine speeds above 3000 rpm. ESP is not battery-dependent, operating whenever the engine is running. Should the rider ever need to shift manually, the Recon(r) ES is also equipped with an auxiliary shift lever in the tool kit.
• Both the Recon ES and Recon feature the high-performance cylinder head from the Sportrax(tm) 250EX for increased performance.
• An oil cooler is standard equipment on both Recon ES and Recon models, assuring optimal engine temperatures under difficult operating conditions.
• The Recon ES has uniquely designed floorboards, which allow the rider's feet to grip the footrests while keeping mud and debris away from the rider's feet.
• The Recon ES features a gear indicator along with neutral and reverse lights.

• Lightweight, OHV air-cooled 229cc engine is longitudinally mounted to allow direct drive-shaft alignment to rear wheels for fewer frictional losses.
• 22mm carburetor with light throttle control offers good engine response and excellent fuel economy.
• Overhead-valve design offers a wide, easy-to-use powerband and compact engine dimensions.
• Closed crankcase vent system safeguards against engine oil contamination.
• Rubber-cushion engine mounting reduces vibration.
• USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler is constructed of stainless steel.
• Automatic cam-chain tensioner reduces maintenance.
• Convenient electric starter with auxiliary recoil starter.
• Wet sump with 1.6-quart capacity.
• CD ignition system with electronic advance features an rpm limiter for added durability.
• Five-speed transmission with reverse and automatic clutch on the Recon.

• Lightweight double-cradle steel chassis.
• Maintenance-free shaft drive routes power directly from the longitudinally mounted engine without inefficient directional changes.
• Independent double-wishbone front suspension gives 5.1 inches of travel.
• Steel swingarm and single rear shock absorber give 4.9 inches of travel.
• Dual sealed front hydraulic drum brakes and sealed mechanical rear drum.
• Tires feature aggressive tread patterns for excellent traction.
Additional Features
• Ergonomically designed seating and control layouts provide a comfortable operating position for a wide range of rider sizes.
• Large cargo racks front and rear allow payloads of 33 and 66 pounds respectively.
• Large, lightweight plastic fuel tank with 2.4-gallon capacity.
• Snorkel-type air intake system is specially designed for water crossings.
• Storage compartment has 6.2-liter capacity.
• Dual-headlight system with 25-watt lights.
• Maintenance-free battery.
• Powerful, 123-watt AC generator.
• Reusable foam air filter.
• Neutral and reverse lights on Recon model.
• Durable, comfortable, easy-to-use controls.
• Keyed ignition switch for added security.
• Easy-to-use parking brake.
• Standard tool kit includes a tire pressure gauge.
• G.V.W.R. is 816 pounds for TRX250TE / 807 pounds for TRX250TM.
• Assembled in Timmonsville, South Carolina.
• Transferable six-month limited warranty.
• Ownership includes one-year complimentary Membership in the Honda Rider's Club of America(tm). Benefits include discounts, travel benefits, roadside assistance and much more. For HRCA(r) details, call 1-800-847-HRCA.
• Flag kit.
• Trailer hitch.
• Model: TRX250TE (with ESP) / TRX250TM
• Engine Type: 229cc air-cooled OHV longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke
• Bore and Stroke: 68.5mm x 62.2mm
• Carburetion: 22mm
• Ignition: CD with electronic advance
• Starter: Electric with auxiliary recoil
• Clutch: Automatic
• Transmission: ESP five-speed with reverse (TRX250TE) / Five-speed with reverse (TRX250TM)
• Driveline: Direct rear drive-shaft
• Suspension Front: Independent double-wishbone; 5.1 inches travel
• Suspension Rear: Swingarm with single shock; 4.9 inches travel
• Brakes Front: Dual sealed hydraulic drum
• Brakes Rear: Sealed mechanical drum
• Tires Front: 22 x 7-11
• Tires Rear: 22 x 10-9
• Length: 70.6 inches
• Width: 40.7 inches
• Height: 41.5 inches
• Seat Height: 30.6 inches
• Ground Clearance: 6.0 inches
• Wheelbase: 44.5 inches
• Turning Radius: 8.5 feet
• Dry Weight: 414 pounds (TRX250TE) / 406 pounds (TRX250TM)
• Fuel Capacity: 2.4 gallons, including 0.6-gallon reserve
• Colors: Red, Olive, Yellow
Recommended for riders 16 years of age and older.
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Shawn wanted a ATV for her birthday one year when we lived in Idaho. We came home with 2 of them, and have a blast for a while. Sold them when we came to California. Not nearly the same areas to ride here as there was in Idaho, but we have fond memories.