2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
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- Solid build, great ride, very flexible drivetrain (AWD/4LO/4HI/Manual Transmission)
- Love driving it so much that I constsantly look for an excuse to do so
Purchased As New
Love the look and solid feel, very impressed with engine smoothness, very solid and easy-to-shift (manual) 6-speed gearbox, great combination of AWD ( Manual-equipped models are AWD/select 4HI/4LO), endless combination of traction aids/lockable diff etc, if you're looking for an economy vehicle, look elsewhere as driving something this heavy with go-anywhere capability takes using lots of energy (gasoline), never understand why someone would buy a heavy, go-anywhere, off-road capable vehicle and then expect it to be tops in fuel economy, only consider purchasing this unique vehicle if you can tolerate having a permanent smile while driving...read morehide
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- Love My Baby!! its Stylish, I get compliments all the time. Bought my '08 in June and have it for ab
- Really no big deal but there isnt any vents in the back and the rear doors can be bothersome at time
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The clutch in the cold winter day sticks. after sitting for a few hours when I get in and start her, the clutch needs time to warm up before taking off. Or when I drive and push in the clutch it doesn't spring back nice unless warm.
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- stability & steerablity on ALL roads; mph range gears 2-5; grnd clearance,
- tow hooks too small for typical oil field tow ropes & hooks, minor prob w/ disc player
Occupation: field geologist. I bought vehicle to drive to work locations and while working. Owned for 26 mnths, 41K miles: approx 25K highway, 16K dirt & rutted mud roads. Fuel milage 18-20 w/ 90% being 19 +/- 0.5.
My opinion is that the truck is excellent for the purposes for which I bought it. It gets the gas milage the sticker said it would, it has gone everyplace I have tried to drive it (except once when it sank into quick sand up to the bottom of the doors - my fault, not going fast enough when I hit the qs to get across it before truck had time to sink). It is a little small for the amount of stuff I carry but its size allows it to go places larger vehicles can't. It isn't as comfortable as my wife's Avalon on the high way but it is ok for a couple of hours at a time and I have a bad back so am senstive to stiff riding vehicles.
I must be one of the few people in the world that does not like the looks of the vehicle but I didn't buy it for looks, I bought it to get me and my stuff where I need to get and then back home safely. It has proven more stable in 50 mph cross winds than I expected. It will do 80 mph easily and get there from 60 moderately fast on the highway if you need to pass someone. I have had it up to 90 once but it took a while. It will start from a standing start on level ground in 3rd and do 60mph in 4th. I don't recommend doing either but at least I don't have to use the gear shift to row the darn thing down the road like some underpowered low-range standards. Each gear has an amazing wide mph range due to the unexpectedly wide torque range of the engine.
I was 59 when I bought the truck and I bought it expecting to never have to buy another field vehicle. So far I have no reason to change my expectations.
One way to evaluation a vehicle is to listen to others who have similar driving needs but a different brand. I did a lot of that when I first got mine but now I don't car so much what they think but I will pass the information along. So far I have not a bad word about Toyotas in general or the FJ's in particular. I have heard some great stories from guys who drove the old FJ's overseas. Most seem to like the styling and are suprised at the interior room (backseat folded down), the gas milage and the moderate (compared to their pickups etc.) price. When asked, I still say the only thing I would trade if for is a new one.
PS: My wife's first car was a small import w/ a standard transmission. When I am home she drives the FJ like a sports car which it isn't but it does have a stiff suspension and a standard trans and that is close enough for her to have fun with it and leave the Avalon home for me to drive....read morehide
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- strong, pulls well
- really bad fuel economy
i love mine, bought o7 in oct 06. It's now 2 years old. no real problems with the exception of the wet seat-belt issue. when it rains hard the door seals leak into the seat belt wells. the water stands, causes belt to smell like wet dog. Toyota denies this, of course. Other than this it's great, cool, and the stereo is really good for a stock model. I should know, all home stereo equip is Bose....read morehide
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- Size is Deceiving, powerful, Unique look
- Blind Spots, Rear doors can be annoying
My wife and I spent time looking for the ONE and we found it! Had our 08 FJ since Nov 07. It's been through Mountains and beaches and the rigourous interstates of North Texas. It's roomier than anticipated, the rough interior makes for easy cleaning when you have little kids and dogs. The ride is extremely comfortable even at high speeds. The unique looks comes with a bit of a price. You kind of have to lean forward to see the street light if you get too close, large blind spots so be very careful. If you park close to everybody else, the suicide doors can be a little annoying. SO don't park anywhere near people, the extra walk into the mall or store won't kill you. Don't mind the premium gas, i know it's the best SUV out there so I wan't to keep it that way. I still get approached about how 'cool' our FJ looks. Our Brick Red gives our FJ a bit of sophistication but it's still the Very fun FJ. Toyota at its finest...read morehide
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- Impresive suspencion, extreamly comfortable front seats
- poor mpg, brakes have given me a couple of scary moments!
I have two FJs one A/T 4x2 & the other M/T 4x4, on emergency breaking the pedal seems to loose common pressure feeling, making the driver freak out( it has happened a couple of times on both cars), I hope is only some kind of adjusting phase since it happen under 1000 miles on both, highly recommend the off-road package, only one of the fj´s I own has it, and it really makes the car more comfortable(smoother ride). 2nd row seating only for a quick ride no more than 1/2 an hour, 10 mpg city. It might seem all negative info but sense I’m single, and the regular Gas in Ecuador is only $1.48 per gallon, I still recommend it! sorry guys! some small benefits of living on the third world. BY THE WAY, the price for FJ is twice as much because of luxury taxes, 56k, yep just like having a fully equipped X5, so much for benefits!...read morehide
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- excellent traction , power, ride and no problems!
- short windshield and blindspots
owned a 2001 ford expedition, bought new within a year problems started O2 sensor then the A/C , rear wiper , power windows and one day at 52,000 miles with all factory services performed at dealer plumes of blue smoke on every start up. Having owned a 84 Toyota p/u that ran like a Rolex and now a 96 Toyota p/u that does have a recall on the frame but under inspection mine looks brandnew, I purchased an FJ 2007 when they 1st hit the lots and love it! i was the only 1 in my area for awhile to have 1 and it drew crowds wherever we went. We had people asking if they could crawl under it look under the hood even to take a spin around the lot (with me there of course). i have 3 kids and though I miss the room of my Expedition I don't miss the repairs and I welcome any small inconveniences of the smaller FJ to the trouble free reliability i am experiencing!...read morehide
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- Great Drive, Sturdy Frame, Reliability
- Side Mirrors are vertical - hard to see over. Rear Vision.
Took me forever to choose a new car, but I made the right choice. I love my FJ. It drives beautiful. I have 2 kids and the doors are nice and heavy like a Volvo I used to own. I feel very safe driving in it. It's a Toyota, so it's reliable. I just love the feel of driving it. Great pickup...It makes we wonder how anybody could not want one once you drive one. Radio is great - I have an amplifier with mine...
Whoever pickes a jeep over an FJ, has hang ups.. Jeeps do not compare with this vehicle. I tried both. After driving an FJ and then trying a jeep, there was no way I would buy a jeep. I truly believe that the FJ is one of the best cars around. Other cars are BORING! Also...I don't put premium. I use regular - that is fine. I get better mileage too!...read morehide
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- Toyota engine, headroom, towing capacity, height, ground clearance, appearance
- needs heated mirrors, defroster useless on pass. side due to design. stock tires
No vehicle is perfect, but my wife and I both agree it is the best vehicle we have ever owned for the money. I just wish I could get a diesel engine and larger fuel cap. I like range when I go off road into the woods. heated outside mirrors, additional 12v outlets for my Nuvi, cell phone, and 12v coffee maker would be a nice option. Needs rear seat O.S! grab handles for easier entry. Rubber floor mats are not great and rather cheap. Other than the little things I will buy another one! We love the vehicle and I feel secure knowing it is reliable and safe for my wife and daughter. Not a soccor mom milf wagon!...read morehide
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- rugged Toyota quality,goes anywhere,all wheel drive, fun,fun,fun
- rear vision, stock tires
Bogus reviews on this vehicle are around ie.Consumer Reports,If you want a rugged go anywhere dependable vehicle that is a blast to drive look no further!! An FJ was not designed to be a street only SUV,or a racer wannabe.The Cruiser will do many types of driving well and get you there safely through all types of weather!! In addition it will amaze you off road.
When you read opinions about the FJ think about who is writing them ,and how much "real world" driving they have done in one. I have over 10k miles of trouble free driving through mud,rain ,sleet,and snow.ONE FANTASTIC VEHICLE!!!!...read morehide
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