I still have my Mercedes, but being a homeowner I figured a truck is a necessity. So I did some research, and from family/friend recommendations I went with a Toyota Tacoma 4x4 4 cylinder single cab Base model pickup.
My expectations of a 'cheap' 'Japanese' made in America truck were an understandable lack of equipment, but the few pieces of standard equipment on the truck would be well made and well engineered. I was wrong.
This truck is probably the worst of the small truck offerings. It feels nice on a test drive and it's fairly comfortable. However a few miles after you sign the papers, you are driving down the road noticing the crank windows aren't staying up while driving.
Your back starts to hurt because the backrest is almost completely vertical.
You reach over to adjust the air, and notice the climate controls are loose, and you listen carefully and hear the plastic bezel on the stereo buzzing as you drive.
The shift knob will not stay on the shift lever.
The car grips those little rain grooves in the freeway so aggressively it tosses the truck around and makes you sick.
You close the door and notice the interior panels almost pull off when you pull it closed.
The motor idles rough and almost feels like it has a miss.
The truck pulls to the left, and don't even try to go up a hill, you'd have better luck carrying a load up a hill in your arms; this truck strains to pull itself empty up a hill.
Then trying to engage 4WD, you realize Toyota took away a lever and replaced it with this electronic dealie that 9/10 times doesn't put it in 4WD. And make sure you have it in the setting before you get stuck, because with 4Hi you have to be moving. It beeps at you even though you are doing it exactly as written in the book. It's a crappy system.
Overall I am extremely dissatisfied. I expected Toyota would be the icon of simple perfection. No gadgets, no frills, but made to an almost industrial standard. But instead it seems like the whole truck was an after thought on the engineering table, equipped with the most minimal amount of poorly made parts, and assembled with a crew having a 'bad day'.