Toyota FJ

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  1. Soul Tramp

    Soul Tramp Speaker Snob V.I.P. Member MLP Vendor

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    I bought a FJ when they first came out, I think it was summer '07. If I remember correctly, it stickered for $30K and I paid $27K. There wasn't much negotiating as there were very few of them available. now 10+ years and 150K miles later I'm considering replacing it.

    I would buy a new one, but the FJ was discontinued in '14. A quick web search shows crazy prices for a used ones. A '14 with 58K miles goes for close to $40K. That's insane!!!!

    I'll probably keep running mine till it drops and then make a decision. I had no idea how expensive the FJ became and how well they hold their resale value.
     
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  2. Who

    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    They were odd.... then, when people realized how great they were, they held the value.

    Like the Honda Element.
     
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    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    I remember hearing that Toyota was coming back out with the FJ.... I so hoped for this:

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    This showed up. I was bummed out. #CRVlookingBubbleCar


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    It grew on me..... then the aftermarket parts came along. I wouldn't mind rolling in one now.

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  4. sk8rat

    sk8rat Senior Member

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    fyi the first fj came out in 1954 :laugh2:

    the prices you are seeing may not be totally accurate depending on where you searching. over here a 2014 fj with 40k miles goes for less than $30k. sale prices range around $25k-$27k. then again im on the westcoast.
     
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    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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  6. fry

    fry Senior Member

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    When I was shopping in 2013, I was digging that FJ. My wife hated the look of it, and was fighting against it. It was a little more than I wanted to spend at the time, and I ended up getting a Nissan Xterra for a good bit less. It had what I wanted, and the price was very good. It has served me very well, only real drawback is the fuel efficiency, not great. I'm going to run it a couple or so more years, then get myself something really nice.
     
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    Tone deaf Senior Member

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    I have three words for you: "Jeep Wrangler Unlimited."

    I love the original FJ and I know a bunch of guys who love the newer FJ. Toyota makes great trucks.
     
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    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    Don't get a 4-door Wrangler if you intend to have backseat passengers above 6' tall.


    I love Wranglers. I fully intended to buy a 4-door.

    I sat in the back seat of the two and four door models.

    If I pivot at the waist, in the 4-door my forehead slams directly into the "sport bar speaker thingee".

    In the two door, my head went under without incident.

    That sealed the deal. In a collision, a tall rear passenger is in much greater danger in the two-door.

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    As I tested them out, I couldn't figure out why there was such a dramatic difference.


    That said.... getting into the backseat of the two-door sucks at my age.
     
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  9. Soul Tramp

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    I stand corrected. I bought an FJ in '07. Does that make it a "reissue" or a "historic"?

    I've had two CJs and one Wrangler (Sahara). I loved them, but they are a far cry from the FJ.

    I was hoping I could pick up a low mileage used FJ for $15 - $20K, was I ever wrong! If I'm going to spend over $20K I'll just go for something new.


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    I've run across a couple of FJ Cruisers in my time...
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    fry Senior Member

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    I would love to get one of those Toyota's you see the Horrible Terrorists driving.
    Looks Like and old Land Cruiser with a pickup bed and the optional 50 cal mount.
    Crazy !
     
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    I had a '98 Land Cruiser. It was my first ever new car. I got it after living in NYC for about 10 years. That was one awesome truck. I had a 2003 Ford Explorer which, while in a different class, was also an excellent truck and great off road. I have had two Wranglers ('08 and '16). I have gone through some ridiculously deep mud and water and snow with them.
     
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    FJ's are sweet, see a ton of them in Colorado. The offroading community is great here, big part of the reason why I got a 4Runner last year.
     
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    I had one. Loved it. Cool ride.
     
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    still ifs.
     
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    Your FJ seems to be in good condition. And you like it.
    Why do you feel like replacing it at 150,000 miles?

    I haven't seen it up close but if you need to spend even 2k to put it back
    in great shape and keep it another 2 to 5 years, it's well worth it.
    Just a thought.
     
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    The diesel Hilux will hit US shores next year. Lesser show than the FJ, but it is all go.

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    E1WOOD5150 Purveyor of Joke Grenades

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    I had an '09 Wrangler Unlimited for 6 years. All I'll say about them is that if you intend on driving it, or parking it in the rain, bring towels. Mine leaked. Only on the drivers side, and the water dripped down onto the little pod that holds the door latch. Water would splash onto your left leg while driving, of, if it was sitting, the splash would soak the front corner of the seat, and the lower left corner of the dashboard, where the speaker was.

    One of my best friends is a Jeep mechanic (32 years experience), and said they all leak. Usually on the passenger side. He showed me pictures of Wrangler JK's coming off the truck from the factory with ice coating the seats and little ice skating rinks in the floorboards.

    Having said all that, I will say that, with the doors off and top down, they are a helluva lot of fun. Especially on the beach.
     
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    I entertained the idea of buying an FJ some years ago, but I don't care for permanently attached doors for a potential offroad vehicle. A Wrangler has been my daily driver for just over nine years now. Here is my '04.

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