DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Mike At The White Rhino Sports Bar

April 30, 2012 3:00 AM

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"It's compact but it’s not too small"

dyr detroit DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Mike At The White Rhino Sports Bar

“Toyota Tacoma: I’d recommend it to anyone.”

The Ride
The Driver: Mike
Vehicle in Question: 2005 Toyota Tacoma
Spotted at: White Rhino Sports Bar, 26721 West 7 Mile Road  Redford Charter Township, MI 48240
Odometer: 130,000

THE DEFENSE

Q: Hi Mike! First of all, what kind of truck do you have?

A: My truck is a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. I got it about a year and a half ago.

Q: What do you like best about it?

A: Probably that it’s not huge; its compact but it’s not too small. Also, it’s very peppy. I like that it’s quick.

Q: Is there anything you don’t like about it?

A: There isn’t anything that I really don’t like about it. My only complaint is that sometimes it’s inconvenient that its only two-wheel drive. It’s very good on gas. I average about 18 to 22 miles per gallon.

Q: Any fun facts you’d like to share?

A: This is the only vehicle that I’ve had that I’ve been pulled over more than once with and never gotten a ticket.

Q: If you were to win the lottery and could have any car or truck in the world, what would you pick?

A: If money was no object, as a daily driver, I’d probably pick an Audi S5, it’s got a wicked sounding 4.2L v8. It’s an awesome vehicle to drive, its fast… it’s unlike any other vehicle I’ve ever been in.

Q: OK, last question: If you were a sales person trying to sell this truck, what would you tell someone?

A: If you’re on a budget but still looking for a nice size truck, Ford Rangers lack cabin space, F150s and Rams are expensive and eat up gas like no other vehicles out there. These are all reasons I bought this truck. It’s roomy. It gets good gas mileage. It’s towing capacity and it’s got a six-foot bed. I’d recommend it to anyone.

Q: That about wraps things up, thanks for your time, Mike.

A: No problem, thank you!

Photos and interview by Don Gurka

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