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iv'e got the FJ bug

Discussion in 'FJ Cruisers' started by anotherreject, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Jan 13, 2013 at 11:26 PM
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    anotherreject

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  2. Jan 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM
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    RelentlessFab

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    Have you driven an FJ?
    If not, go test drive a couple. I found I really liked the FJ... until I drove a couple. They kind of handle like a boat, and have horrible visibilty. If you can live with that, then go for it by all means but I know I was surprised by the way they drive. Entirely different than 4runners even though they're nearly identical under the body.
     
  3. Jan 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM
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    Kyouto42

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    Well, the only thing I can say is... almost all of those mods are mall crawler crap that would be useless off road.... so it's probably a street queen (aka, probably pampered and a decent used vehicle). That said, I wouldn't pay much over kbb for it...

    Also I kinda disagree.... I thought it felt more refined than how my truck was stock. Blind spots are horribad though...
     
  4. Jan 14, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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    the latest FJ's have rear view cams and I got used to the blind spots and i've found extra caution at all the time helps.
     
  5. Jan 14, 2013 at 9:32 AM
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    Pugga

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    Normally, I won't go for previously-modified vehicles but there are some exceptions. I look for things like trail damage and blatant abuse. That thing looks like it was lifted more for looks than anything (based on steps instead of sliders, bull bar, cosmetic wheels). Just being slightly lifted and slightly oversized tires won't hurt it if everything was installed properly and well maintained.
     
  6. Jan 14, 2013 at 9:41 AM
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    X2. A few years ago I was contemplating trading my '07 T4R for an FJ...until I drove one. I was quite surprised at how different they drove from the T4R since their drivetrains are quite similar. The reduced visibility was also a big issue for me...couldn't deal with all of the blind spots. I know it's not an issue for everyone but it was for me. Good luck...it's a sharp ride.
     
  7. Jan 14, 2013 at 9:42 AM
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    I have a fj 07 TRD slightly modded, just cosmetic. Keep in mind the gas milage is bad not sure if you have researched yet. Visibility and blind spots are bad but nothing you couldn't get used to. Not sure what you have now but the back seats are terrible. I have kept mine folded down most of the time. They are cool but there are short comings like with everything else. Test drive if you can. I wouldn't buy used though unless I knew the previous owner real well. People do beat the snot out of them. Plus whi did the work on the mods. Just food for thought. Good luck!

    That one looks more like a mall cruiser though but really look at all that you can.
     
  8. Jan 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM
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    "Keep in mind the gas milage is bad" - you may want to qualify/define bad before you make a broad statement like that...gas mileage = how you drive.

    if you get less than 200miles per tank then look up the thermostat fix.
     
  9. Jan 14, 2013 at 10:44 AM
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    my suggestions regarding the BUG:
    1) take your time buying
    2) set a budget for vehicle, and a budget for upgrades
    3) write out your dream used truck and shop for it. be specific
    as an example - 08 or 09 AT w/ less than 25k miles for less than $22k, no mods in black or blue
    4) test drive as many as possible
    5) check out your local FJ club
    6) when you find the truck you want to buy test drive it 50 miles and get it on a lift and look under it carefully.
     
  10. Jan 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM
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    tail gate lock, rear view mirror bracket, hood hinge brackets, and the list grows.
    Forgot to mention check the inner fenders on that FJ. It will be in the engine compartment under the hood. SOME not all have a bulge/cracking issue on that year. Mine doesn't again some do some don't there is a huge posting/ discussion on another message board about this.
    I also am not aware of the thermostat fix in regards of the gas milage issue I will have to look into that myself. Good luck.
     
  11. Jan 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM
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    ^^^^^ that right there
     
  12. Jan 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM
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  13. Jan 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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    I have recently acquired the same bug as you have. I have had a Tacoma for the last 7 years and I'm ready for something a little different. I recently went and test drove an FJ at the dealers lot and yes drives and handles differently then my Tacoma does. But it also feels very roomy in the front seats and I think the inside looks awesome.
    I'm not 100% sold on them yet and I have not decide what I'm going to buy next ether another Tacoma or an FJ. But my thinking is they hold there resale value very well so why not buy one if you hate it sell it and hopefully you won't lose to much on it.
    And I def would not be scared to buy a used FJ but I think it's just like anything else used you need to know what your looking for and realize that yes some of these vehicles are probably abused off road more then other types but there are probably many of them that have never left the pavement.
     
  14. Jan 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM
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    I really like the FJ been looking at them for a few month's. Working on getting the price down on it.
     
  15. Jan 18, 2013 at 3:43 PM
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    x2, i have the FJ bug as well... and my dealership has a nice one FS.
     
  16. Jan 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM
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    Kolunatic

    Kolunatic dont tread on me!

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    We had an FJ. I liked driving it when I could. Gas mileage sucks. If you can handle that,get it.
     
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