Those who have read the original story about my neighbor Pete’s 2007 Tacoma may be interested to know that it is my top Toyota story in almost five years of writing for Torque News. The first-hand experiences of dozens of Tacoma owners is what made it so special. A little less than two years ago, Pete took the truck in for a required frame replacement and we documented his initial visit, loaner car experience, and how the truck looked, drove and worked after the work was complete.
After six months we did a follow-up. At that time, the truck was better than new according to Pete. He had no rattles, noises, or mechanical issues at all. This week I spotted Pete shoveling mulch out of the bed of the truck with a pitchfork and stopped to check in. (Don't miss an important update at the end of this story on page 2)
I won’t waste your time being overly wordy here. The truck looks like new and drives like new. A quick glance at the frame showed that it doesn't look any different than one would expect a two-year-old frame to look. Pete still uses it as his daily driver and as you can see he does not baby it. This truck has seen two winters, one with 10 feet of snow and ice and is regularly used on Cape Cod in its salt-brine air.
One sad note. Pete’s sidekick shown in the six-month update image above has recently passed on after a long and happy 14.5-year life. Rest in Peace Buddy the dog.
Ps – Please excuse out on-going reference to the Toyota service bulletin as a recall. To us, recall seems like the best word for the program.