From My Big Eyes – Toyota Girl Reaches 400,000 miles After 20 Years

The Way I See It From My Big Eyes-

Are you a fan of fancy cars? Well, I am not. All I need is a vehicle that will take me from point A to point B safely. Not to mention, cars immediately depreciate once you drive them off the lot!  I have found the most reliability and longevity in my current SUV, a 1997 Toyota 4Runner. I’ve only owned three vehicles in my life time.

The first car I owned was a 1980 Ford Mustang which my parents purchased at a price of $3000 during my sophomore year at Tuskegee University around 1982. I was so excited and thankful to have this car. I was more than happy to give friends at college a ride. I’d even take friends home with me on the weekend because my home was only a 3 1/2-hour drive.  After graduating in 1986 and moving to Los Angeles, I drove my Mustang for a few more years until it put me down on the freeways of Los Angeles. That’s right, I almost cried when I had to let it go, but it had proven its expections.

Now, it was time for me to go out and purchase another car. Oh, My Goodness, I had no clue what it took to buy a car. So, like any single young lady would do, I called my Dad and my Big Brother Joel who immediately came to my rescue. Yep, he flew to LA just to take me car shopping and he helped me decide on the right car. I did not want to take a chance of getting ripped off by fast talking car dealers. We test drove a few and once I spotted the 1988 RED 200SX Nissan, my mind was immediately made up. Again, reliability was a big factor and I needed a car that would provide adequate protection on the busy freeways of Los Angeles. Nissan was known for making long lasting quality vehicles. It was a fast car and super CUTE! This Nissan was especially special because it was the first major purchase I had ever made.  I felt all the police in LA were watching me since it was such a bright red color.

Even after moving to Georgia in 1995, I kept the Nissan until my ex-husband had an accident in it and the insurance company totaled out the car. I gained an emotional attachment once again to my 200SX Nissan. It broke my heart to see it being towed away. Now, it was time to buy another car. This time my ex-husband convinced me that Toyota was the right vehicle to buy based on Toyota’s history. With his advice, I purchased a 1997 4Runner Champagne color Toyota and it’s been the best riding and driving vehicle that I’ve ever owned. After 20 years of driving my Toyota, I recently reached 400,000 miles on June 26th. I have been extremely pleased with the performance and overall keep of the SUV. I’ve experienced very few problems other than normal wear and tear of a vehicle. I pride myself on taking good care of it and getting regular maintenance like oil-changes every 3000 to 5000 miles plus tune-ups. I’ll continue to drive this Toyota until it drops because I don’t like car notes!  I would be the perfect spokesperson for Toyota due to our long-term relationship. My next vehicle will undoubtedly be a Toyota as I have been happy and satisfied for 20 years.

Do you think I’d make a good spokesperson for Toyota? I’ll be waiting for Toyota USA to call me.

From My Big Eyes- I’m A Forever Toyota Girl

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3 Comments

  1. Girl, You know I love Toyota too! Do you remember my small Burgundy Toyota Corollo at Tuskegee? My husband Drive a Lexus SUV and it is the best too! (same type engine too) Toyota’s are known to be good vehicles across the world any way because of who make them!?I don’t like carnotes either and can’t wait to pay off my SUV soon!!!!??

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