Hopefully something like this. The best (reasonably priced) Tacoma on Seattle CL IMHO. 6 cylinders. 5 manually shifted gears. 4 driven wheels. 3 pedals. 2 previous owners, and 1 of the coolest toppers out there. $6000 obo.

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Bonus points because my highschool girlfriend was gifted a pristine 2002 Tacoma from her dad and threw a fit because, and I quote-

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*sob*

“It’s gold! it’s so ugly dad! Do you hate me?! I’m never driving it! I hate you! I don’t want a truck! People will think I’m poor”

*sob*

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Option 2: Rebuilt title, with a replaced bed is how you find one of these for under 4k. I’d risk it. The Miata is at or near 400k on a rebuilt title with zero issues (despite my best efforts) and.... oh. confirmation bias is a bitch... this taco still looks pretty good. People don’t normally take cars to Stew’s Self Service Garage if the cars aren’t cared for.

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Option 3: That rusty firewall worries me. And this is another rebuilt title, buuuuuuut but but- It’s the proper transmission, the good engine, a good color and one of the best trims. In other words... $$$$

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After owning two Rangers though, I’d prefer to try Toyota.

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Option 4: I’ll preface this by saying I know nothing about Astro Vans, but after seeing a mint one at Fred Meyer recently... I took a liking to them. Provided they have the awesome 3 part doors in the back!

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Option 5: Someday I’ll make a stealth camper van. why not... someday soon? rip out everything from the previous owner, give it a deep clean, replace windows with pop in panels... I like the heater idea but I’d be curious to see if there’s a stealthier way to do it.

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Option 6: I assumed these Express vans would be cheap and plentiful. I was half right, there are a TON for sale. pretty spendy though, both new and used. This was the cheapest one I could find that didn’t look like it had been parked in a neighborhood known for meth.

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*the Miata will be replaced with something like the above, AND a bike. If I hold off long enough I might buy both at once. More likely the bike will come in the coming months and the utility vehicle will be picked up before the rainy season starts up again.

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Having money saved up for a vehicle is dangerous, because it makes all of these fantasies potential realities. I dread the day I wake up and realize I just imported a JDM Land Cruiser to go along with my 90's 4-cylinder 250cc superbike found on CL. Or something to that effect...

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