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Old 10-24-2010, 04:28 PM
 
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What are common issues to look for on a used FJ? What are the different trim levels? Anything a prospective buyer should know about these.

Are they basically a Tacoma chassis and motor? What is maintenance like for them? Hopefully cheaper than my current VW!

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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I only know alittle about them but from what I do know is that they have been extremely reliable, a very capable off-roader, and no known issues other than its infamous blind spot which doesn't seem to bother many. Go to edmounds.com or an FJ forum for specific years.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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I agree with Trlhiker they are awsome off road trucks the downside I see is the little windows they use inhibit outward visibility.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:36 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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^^ Especially towards the rear quarter panels.
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Old 10-24-2010, 06:20 PM
 
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ditto on the blind spots.
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Old 10-24-2010, 06:31 PM
 
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Anything mechanically/structurally I should be worried about? I recall reading something about Tundras being recalled for frame rust issues.

What are some maintenance costs on them? Brakes - how many miles, how much are pads, rotor turned or not? etc... etc...

I currently have 2 VW's and while they're great cars, maintenance is a bit pricey due to being European...or whatever their reason.
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Are they basically a Tacoma chassis and motor?,,,.
They share the same frame and powerline as the 4Runner.

Also discontinued due to low purchases.
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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No they have not been discountinued. They are selling well actually which is why Toyota has decided to continue selling them instead of retiring the name.

The frame rust was for the late 90's early 2000's Tacomas and Tundras in the rust belts.
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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if I had to pick two new stock SUVs for off-road duty it would be the FJ TRD off-road and the jeep wrangler rubicon.
but that brings up the question for the OP both they plan on taking it off road and using it's full capabilites.
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:20 PM
 
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FJ Cruiser has good intentions but it is a big PITA to drive on road and has a very harsh ride and, as said many times above, really bad blind spots.

If you are going off road, just get the Wrangler Rubicon. If not, buy neither one.
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