I tried the new 4runner and Taco, I tried the 2500 Cummins, Duramax, I even sat in a few Land Rovers (forgive me) and yet, here I sit. I tried the 200 and the 100. I even thought, hey, try a non-4x4 - you can always pick up a beater for your fishing adventures. So I did - I tried them all...Lexus, Infiniti, even porsche. And yet, here I sit, in my 80. Let me give you some background. A few days ago logic took a hold of my brain and I had a bit of a come to Jesus. This has happened a couple times before, but not with this level of intensity. "Wtf am I doing," I thought. "With my work-schedule I use my 80 to its full potential 4-5x per year." "The rest of the time I'm stuck going back and forth to work getting 12 mpg (if I'm lucky) with a s***ty sound system and mediocre A/C. Not to mention, sub-par ride quality and 23-year old vehicle quirks." "Be realistic," said my brain, "it would make a lot more sense to drive something else." So I did. I drove them all. I work in the automotive industry so I have access to just about every vehicle. And none, not a single one, made me feel the way my 80 does. I already own a 40, and while I love it, I don't even love that truck as much as my 80. There simply isn't a vehicle out there that compares, nothing makes as much sense, nothing else was designed to this level of perfection, and most importantly, nothing else gives me the same feeling that my 80 does. So I've developed a new plan. Drive my 80 until it cannot be driven anymore...in the meantime, look for a replacement. Another 80. Look for that cherry, 100% rust free, one-owner 95-97 driven by an old lady and never off-roaded example and completely restore it. Take your time. Once you find it, buy it, drive it sparingly, and store it. It will be the only vehicle worthy of replacing your current one. Thanks for reading - I will admit to smoking a cigar while posting this which has made me even more contemplative than normal. I realize this is basically circlejerk: the post, but it is truly what I firmly believe. Life is too short, we are guaranteed nothing, make no exceptions, drive an 80 series.