OrFan wrote:SharkHawk wrote:Here's a photo that almost shows both....
Looks almost identical to my wife's little 2010 Tacoma, including the wheels. She forced the dealer to remove the TuRD decals before she would take possession of it. I agreed with her, they look tacky. They took it in the shop and came back with them gone. Looks way better without them.
The thing I like about mine is that it is the model they built for the military to drive in Afghanistan. They then rebranded them as a TuRD TX PRO. Basically it is an FJ Cruiser with a Tacoma body. It has the FJ suspension and all of the other fun off-road doo-dads. They had some models they built up a little more with stupid things and called the TuRD Baja, but they are maroon and semi-rare.
The military found it was cheaper to get Toyota to build them the spec of Tacoma they wanted and ship them off from Texas to Afghanistan than it was to keep buying HiLuxes from Japan and then retrofitting them to meet their needs in the middle east. This is as close to a HiLux as you can buy in the USA, and it has all of the features I loved about my FJ's, but none of the features I hated about them (blind spots, terrible rear seat access, and a shifter for 4x4 rather than a switch).
It is a real oddball and I don't think people realize they are out there. There is a 2009 4Runner that is called the "Trail Edition" that is virtually identical, and I haven't met one dealer who knows what it is. They claim the trail debuted with the release of the 5G 4Runner in 2010, but there was most definitely a 2009 Trail on the 4G platform, and it is optioned identically to my TX Pro. I've never seen another Tacoma like it, except for the other one the dealer special ordered in for me that I turned down (and he got this one instead). The one he got originally was manufactured in Mexico (3 VIN), but was a bit weird and missing a couple of things that were NOT options (supposed to be standard). He stole this 5 VIN made in Texas and/or California out of the pipeline from multiple other dealers as it was on a delivery truck passing through Utah and got it for me. Kind of a random thing, but I like it. It's bulletproof.