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Old 05-26-2010, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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First off... yes, I do have one.



I've had it for three years and I've been very happy with it...you might even call me a *gulp* fanboy. My wife isn't on the FJ bandwagon though, and keeps trying to get me to trade it for something else. She has these silly complaints about how you can't see out the back of it, that it chugs gas like a M1 tank and that it looks like a bloated bumble bee.

I owe A LOT less than it's worth and can afford a comparable vehicle just fine, so financial reasons are not an issue, though there isn't a budget for yet another car.

So, tell me the truth, because I can't see out of my box on this one. Should I give my wife what she wants, or tell her she's S.O.L.?

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Old 05-26-2010, 04:41 PM
 
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I hear the windshield cracks on it alot. It was on my possible buy list before, but then I decided the older FJ60/62 was a better overall SUV for offroad and I liked that look much better.







I say sell it, give your wife what she wants, then get a used FJ60/62 for @$4k for you to play with.
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Old 05-26-2010, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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there comes a point in a mans life where he has to stand up for his toys
I say if you enjoy it and it's your hobby I would keep it as long as it keeps a smile on your face while driving it.
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Old 05-26-2010, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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I'd hold on to it if it were me. The only gripe I have with the FJ (I've never driven one or been a passenger in one) is the tail light that sticks out. Just a minor design gripe, otherwise I like it.
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Old 05-26-2010, 04:52 PM
 
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Just don't get it in blue.
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Old 05-26-2010, 04:54 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I liked it when it first came out, but am not a fan anymore.

Reasons to get rid of it:

1) Toyota is discontinuing the FJ (strong rumor). Resale value will sink.

2) Like your wife said too many blind--spots.

3) Like you said poor gas mileage.

4) It looks like a Tonka Truck.

5) Already mentioned poor windshields.

You said you are financially sound--I would personally get rid of it now.
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Old 05-26-2010, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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It's a unique vehicle and I've met some unique people who drive them...but I just don't care for the look. It looks like a toy car and isn't exactly what I'd call 'practical'. But hey if you like it, keep it.

What exactly does your wife want? If she wants a small SUV and if price isn't a concern, the new Lexus RX350 is a GREAT option. I've been seeing more and more pop up, very nice vehicle.
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Old 05-26-2010, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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It's a unique vehicle and I've met some unique people who drive them...but I just don't care for the look. It looks like a toy car and isn't exactly what I'd call 'practical'. But hey if you like it, keep it.

What exactly does your wife want? If she wants a small SUV and if price isn't a concern, the new Lexus RX350 is a GREAT option. I've been seeing more and more pop up, very nice vehicle.
I'd like to think of myself as "unique" but I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing....

It is a bit "form over function", but it does work very well out in the dirt, and we do a lot of camping and backcountry exploring so it isn't a total lifestyle misfit. It isn't the best daily driver, however.

My wife wants a full-size truck or a 4-door Jeep, BTW...
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Old 05-26-2010, 06:47 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I'd like to think of myself as "unique" but I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing....

It is a bit "form over function", but it does work very well out in the dirt, and we do a lot of camping and backcountry exploring so it isn't a total lifestyle misfit. It isn't the best daily driver, however.

My wife wants a full-size truck or a 4-door Jeep, BTW...
Just get the new 4Runner--that should meet all of your needs. One amazing truck!
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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I'd like to think of myself as "unique" but I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing....

It is a bit "form over function", but it does work very well out in the dirt, and we do a lot of camping and backcountry exploring so it isn't a total lifestyle misfit. It isn't the best daily driver, however.

My wife wants a full-size truck or a 4-door Jeep, BTW...
if she wants a 4-door jeep maybe you can convice her to go with the jeep wrangler unlimited rubicon edition. It will have similer off road performance as your FJ also if you still want a toyota and she wants a pick-up the tacoma TRD off-road pkg is nice
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