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Old 05-15-2020, 10:27 AM #31
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We ended up with a Salsa Red 2013.
It's a great color. Keep this a few more years and you'll have a unicorn.
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Agree with many others here…. IMHO: 2010-13 Trails are the best looking (inside and out) and most utilitarian out of 5th gen 4Runners… and maybe even best looking 4runner period!

My 2013 Trail still puts big smile on my face every time I drive it… and I still look back at it after I park it…

Even with many years has passed since introduction…. I still cannot get over
the look and “overhang” of the 2014+ front ends.

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To me the early 5th Trail looks the closest to the type of Toyotas they don't sell in the US but do in south america, australia, etc.
I totally agree with you.
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My 2012 salsa red TE with 95k miles still does it for me. Recently modernized the headlights with customized projectors with led shroud from @custom54 lighting, diode dynamics fogs, and a big font Toyota grill from custom grill. Was thinking bout trade-in for newer model for 30k plus but wat the point. Plus can do whole lot to The existing TE for that amount! Plannin to keep this truck forever although it rarely gets driven these days.
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My 2012 salsa red TE with 95k miles still does it for me. Recently modernized the headlights with customized projectors with led shroud from @custom54 lighting, diode dynamics fogs, and a big font Toyota grill from custom grill. Was thinking bout trade-in for newer model for 30k plus but wat the point. Plus can do whole lot to The existing TE for that amount! Plannin to keep this truck forever although it rarely gets driven these days.
Retro fitting to projector headlights with HIDs has been my best upgrade so far...
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Yep.
This reminds me that we did EH this time last year. That plus up and down Bobby's Hole, Kamikaze, and Boxcar. This year, looks like exploring the roads in the Abajo Mountains north from Beef Basin. Wanted Lockhart but way too hot for the time we can be there. So, faster but longer drives.

As for the front, I thoroughly disliked the one I got until I got it. I now prefer it to the older design though I still like the 2010-3 and think it is very classy and timeless.
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This thread makes me really happy. Glad to know there's others out there who like these like me. Here's my whole story, grab a cup of coffee I'm about to get long winded.

Back in 2013 when I was still in college I test drove a new Trail and knew that I had to have one. Fast forward to 2016 and I was finally in a spot to buy one, however I knew it had to be Pre-Facelift, Trail Edition, KDSS, Navigation, sunroof would be nice, and I wanted Salsa Red if I could help it. Then on top of that of course comes everything with buying a used car (location, condition millage, etc) I searched for almost a year and wasn't having any luck. The land rover I was driving was starting to show major issues and I wanted to get out of it before something big ($$$) went wrong. I found a magnetic grey in Idaho about 8.5 hours away from me and decided that I would finally do it. I talked to the dealer, told them i was coming. Friday I left work and drove about 6 hours, slept in the back of the land rover, woke up the next morning and showed up to the dealership right after it opened. When I arrived they told me they sold it the night before. "Are you F***ING KIDDING ME?!" They then tried to sell me a new one... I walked away.

Another few months go by. I had been relocated for work and sent to LA (not exactly where I wanted to be). An ad popped up in a web page since I had been searching for them so much. It was PERFECT! 2011 Salsa Red Trail Edition with only 28k miles. Here's the catch... It was at a Lexus dealership in Richmond Virginia! Work was nuts and there was no way I could go out and see it. At this point I live (and bank) in Montana, I'm on temporary assignment in Los Angeles, and this truck is on the other side of the country. Already long story short the dealership was great to work with, I put money down immediately to hold the truck. They sent me dozens of specifically requested photos of EVERYTHING, put it up on the lift full undercarriage shots, etc. The truck was then shipped to me across country and the rest is history.

I've now had Oliver (yes we name our rigs) for almost 4 years. My wife and I take him everywhere, and have done a bunch of amazing trips (I'm back in MT now). I don't see any reason we would ever get rid of him. Of course the building and projecting is never complete.

Attached is the first photo I took when he was delivered to the job site and a picture of how he sits now.
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I've been in a position to upgrade this truck...I've never kept cars for much more than 100k miles, but I just hit 125k in my early 5th gen and I still get the same feeling I did when I first bought it.
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