You’re My Boy Blue!
|Written by Kobus on June 10, 2011|
It’s about time we introduce the fourth member of team Life Remotely. Our truck -- Blue. He’s periwinkle blue or as Toyota called it, azul... seriously WTF it’s blue.
Blue is a 1997 Toyota 4Runner SR5 with 140K on the dial. Built solid, back in the day when trucks were not made of recycled aluminum cans and plastic.
Finding Blue was a long and drawn out affair. We had exact specifications that had to be met or the truck was automatically disqualified through the magic of Excel. Color was not a criteria.
Our pickiness pointed to one vehicle -- the 3rd generation Toyota 4Runner. Highest reliability ratings for any mid-size SUV in that was actually imported throughout Central and South America.
See this article for more information on choosing an overland vehicle.
We found Blue in Portland, Oregon, a pampered little baby, with a full service history, a clean title, and the right mileage.
Blue’s Bill of Health
Last weekend we replaced the inner tie rod and took him in for an alignment. Firestone did a full inspection and once again, everything checked out A-OK.
So far, Blue has exceeded our expectations. In eighteen months we’ll have have pictures of him parked at the end of the world, provided he doesn’t follow in the footsteps of his namesake and drop dead in a pool of KY Jelly.
Stay tuned for more!