Reading this reminds me of choices I made when I got my first new truck back in 2002. I had owned and worked on and driven lots of the older Toyota’s (1984, 86, 3x 87, 88, 90, 91, 93) and was really considering getting a truck optioned just like yours. Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and do just that. In the end the call of the v8 was too strong and I went with a FS Chevy instead. Been an excellent truck... but reading this from your perspective from the new purchase to now is interesting. Keep it up, curious to hear more.