I've been on the hunt for a winter vehicle for the last few months. I special ordered a 2013 Shelby GT500 September 7th and have been looking for a daily driver ever since. The Shelby is scheduled to be built on Nov 28th, so delivery will be in the next few weeks. I was getting a bit worried I wouldn't find another vehicle in time and that I would have to drive the Shelby in the winter (not that winters get all that bad here, but it's still a lousy choice when it's shoe'd in race rubber made for summer temps only).
I was looking at several different vehicles as options, but nothing was really sparking me. I even considered the new 4wd Escape. It would work for bad weather and gets 31mpg. Looked nice, but no excitement in it at all. I was trying to stick with vehicles obtained through the Ford dealership since I could get a discount for buying 2 cars from them at once. Was looking at their used lot and saw a Jeep Wrangler 4x4 that I thought was pretty fun looking. I wanted more room though, so it put me on the path that eventually lead me to the FJ. There were none my dealer had any leads on, so I just figured I'd have to wait and see.
Wednsday rolls around and I get a call from my dealer, "Hey man, guess what just rolled up on my lot? A sweet FJ a guy wants to trade in on a new F150. Come down here and tell me if you want it." I work just down the street from the lot so I ran by there on my lunch break. I wasn't very excited because the liklihood of it being what I want was low. I really wanted silver, and yellow or blue was a possibility if I had to compromise, but I didn't want a black or white or red one. All I ever see around here are black ones, so I didn't have my hopes up.
Anyway, I pull up into the dealer lot, roll around front, and slide into the parking spot right next to....a gorgeous silver FJ! Ok, now I'm getting excited. After a quick chat, we come to an agreement. I'll take it. We couldnt' do anything that day since it was so close to Thanksgiving and they still had to do the trade on the F150, but I called on it this morning and they changed the oil, put new brake pads on the front, and are detailing it as we speak. Car will be ready for me in 2 hours.
I don't know anything about these trucks, nor 4x4 vehicles in general. All my previous vehicles have been V8 sportscars so this is a whole new world for me. I'm really excited to learn about this side of the automotive addiction and can't wait to have you guys educate me all about what I've just blundered into.