Absolutely Perfect 2000 Tacoma Stepside Lands on Craigslist

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2000 Toyota Tacoma

Y2K throwback has just over 7,000 miles on the odometer, looks as if it just arrived on the dealer lot.

What do you remember of 2000 (aside from hoping your computer wouldn’t explode into a thousand supernovas once the ball dropped in Times Square)? AOL bought Time Warner 10 days into the year. The first public beta of Mac OS X is introduced in mid-September. Microsoft dropped Windows 2000 in mid-February. The dot-com bubble peaked, then popped. And the first-ever film distributed on the internet, 405, also became the first-ever viral film property.

Meanwhile, the Tacoma was halfway through its first generation of life, including this silver stepside in the Phoenix, Arizona suburb of Peoria we happened upon on Craigslist the other day, looking as fresh as the day it arrived off the truck.

2000 Toyota Tacoma

“I have a bit of a unicorn,” says the seller. “I have a 2000 Stepside Toyota [Tacoma] with only 7000 original miles, yes, 7 thousand. The truck is like brand new, inside and out near flawless.” The seller adds that it’s never been in accident, all of its fluids were changed on the regular, has a clean title, and that you can check the Carfax.

The seller isn’t joking about how like-new the Tacoma is, either. The interior alone looks as if no ever sat in it; even the photos look as if they were lifted from a brochure instead of the seller knowing how to shoot. The cloth bench is cushy, the shifter boot is supple, and the black plastic is still black.

The exterior is just as immaculate. No dents in the body panels, no chips in the silver paint, no “cataracts” in the headlamps, this is one amazing Tacoma the seller has on his hands.

2000 Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma also has a price tag from 2000: $14,000 (which was the starting MSRP for a Tacoma PreRunner that model year, according to Autoblog; a base 4×2 with the 2.4-liter inline-four, meanwhile, could be had for less than $12,000 in comparison.) The seller acknowledges the high price, proclaiming that the truck is “the only Tacoma of this [caliber] you will find, [for] it is a brand new truck.” For something like this, though, $14k is a nice price for this Y2K throwback.

Photos: Craigslist

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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