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Toyota FJ Cruiser Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • ron41ron41 Posts: 37
    Oak Lawn Toyota and Planet Toyota are the most reasonable dealers in the Chicagoland area for the FJ Cruiser
  • maxloadmaxload Posts: 5
    If anyone is looking for an FJ Cruiser in the Los Angeles area, I would suggest checking out Miller Toyota. They are the only dealership I went to that didn't ask for a "premium" above msrp. They also don't add any aftermarket accessories. Toyota of Santa Monica adds LoJack and 20" chrome rims on their FJ Cruisers, Carson Toyota is asking for a $3k-$10k premium above sticker, and Power Toyota (Buena Park) adds things like leather interior to jack up their prices.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    I just checked out the FJ Cruisers here in Orlando at Toyota of Orlando and they're all pumped up with lots of dealer add-on accessories. They had 3 yellow and one blue one. No "market adjustment" sticker, just about $3K in dealer add-ons.

    I sent a couple emails out, one to Central Florida Toyota and another to Courtesy Toyota.

    My wife saw the Cruiser and fell in love with it.
  • Thanx. I also live in L.A. and have looked at the FJ. I had looked at the FJ at Torrance Toyota, and they didn't even want to talk to me unless I was willing to buy full fare.
  • gypsyjongypsyjon Posts: 38
    I nailed one down up in Ohio for $2K under MSRP.

    A cheap one way flight and gas back to Atlanta and I am home free. Opt package 2,
  • ramuneramune Posts: 1
    First post to the forum. Glad to be here and to learn of others' experiences.
    My question: how do I check inventories of FJ Cruisers? I'm in the southern San Francisco Bay Area of California.
    Any help will be insanely appreciated.
    Thanks!">
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    ...you can just go to dealers' websites to check out their inventories, though I certainly don't promise that they're up-to-the-minute accurate. You could also just call and ask what they have in stock, but again, you could want something specific, they could tell you they have it in stock, only to arrive to something completely different. Cynical, I know, but bait-and-switch still exists to a certain extent.
  • martinfmartinf Posts: 121
    What is the name of the dealership in Ohio? Thanks for the info. It looks like $2k under sticker is the best I have heard or seen!
  • alaska36alaska36 Posts: 1
    I live in San Diego. Most all dealers locally are asking for a $500 deposit to "order" a vehicle. What this really means is you describe generally what you want (auto or manual, all options or some, etc.) and when one comes in kind of like you want they give you first crack at it. If you want the one they have you make compromises and have to take some extras you may not want or need.

    I bought mine from Toyota Escondido but the one I ended up purchasing was not the one that came in with for my initial deposit. Long story but they eventually offered me one I liked at MSRP. Here is a list of other dealers I visited and their schemes:

    Power Toyota of Irvine - Order only. No "market value" markup but wanted $1000 deposit.

    Cabe Toyota of Long Beach - 4 on the lot. No MSRP markup but added 50% to dealer added items (roof rack was priced at $999 instead of the Toyota price of $650 for example)

    Carson Toyota - worst of the bunch. Terrible dealer. Internet inventory showed 36 on their lot and they actually had 4. Started off asking $8K over MSRP.

    Elmore Toyota of Garden Grove - 4 on the lot, all with $3500 rims added by dealer. Considering they all had upgraded rims anyway with option package 2 this was a scam. Started at $3K above MSRP but immediately came down to MSRP when pressed.

    Family Toyota of San Juan Capo - interesting internet "bidding" system where they give you the MSRP and invoice and you bid for the price. Problem was they never contacted me except for email asking if I was "satisfied". I called their "Internet Manager" and left 2 messages and he never returned my calls. A complete waste of time.

    Toyota of Selma (south of Fresno) - 4 on the lot, MSRP.

    Carlsbad Toyota, Poway Toyota, Frank Toyota, Mossey Toyota - all order only, none on the lot.

    Bottom line: there are vehicles available for purchase at MSRP. No one in So Cal is discounting them at present, but some buyers are walking away due to dealer practices and "market value" scams. Once all the impatient buyers (such as myself) are satisfied the prices will have to come down to below MSRP. Best to wait for a deal if you can.
  • tej1tej1 Posts: 1
    Good info alaska36
    I am also in San Diego, I would only add that it is important to stay in contact with the sales manager at EVERY dealership in your area and tell them you wont pay over MSRP and be ready to buy when you show up.
    I had to really work to time deliveries in this area.

    I went through the game with everyone in town, Kearny Mesa Toyota was the worst, they told me they are the only dealer not marking the FJ's up and that they had one coming in that met my needs but demanded that I buy LoJack but said they would waive the "mandatory" paint sealant...what a joke...I have bought about 13 new cars in my lifetime, they started with $900 for the LoJack, I said no, then $600, I said no and walked out, then they called me on my cell and said what about $300....They blew a cash deal on something that cost them nothing!
    Anyway it was Mossy that finally got my business, they were awesome, easiest car deal I ever made, they are adverstising on the vehicle a $5000 markup on MSRP but waived it for me. Its important to note thought that I bought it the same day it showed up as is the case with most of the silver ones.
  • spxksspxks Posts: 4
    May I ask what dealership in OH? Anyone know a good place to buy one? I'm in South Florida - the FJ's here are usually filled with bogus upgrades - base price plus 4-6k for "sealant" and other garbage options lol --- so they say they are not over MSRP but in effect they are.

    Any ideas? Willing to go out of state? I see a few mentioned in this forum but they do not state the dealerships.
  • 56bartman56bartman Posts: 8
    Has anyone tried to buy one throught the Costco Auto buying Service?

    Thanks
  • bbug1bbug1 Posts: 76
    This was the easiest vehicle purchase transaction I have ever had. Friendly staff that didn't mind my daily phone calls to see if my FJ had arrived.
    We got a fair deal on our trade-in and were lucky enough to get an FJ in the color and dressed out the way we wanted at MSRP.
    Very Happy in So-Cal :)
  • I ordered a FJ cruiser from a Colorado dealer at MSRP. I put down $1,000 on the order. I can't seem to get a good estimate of the delivery date. I've been told roughly 4-6 weeks, but the explanation of dealer allocations seem nebulous. Anyone else having the same experience? I'd also be interested in knowing whether anyone else is buying at prices lower than MSRP. Thanks.
  • If anyone lives in New York City metro area.
    I checked out the FJ at Bronx Toyota.
    They are marked up $4,000 from the MSRP asking price.
    They have four blue,one black and one canary yellow on the lot.Apparently no one on this side of town in rushing to buy them.It's a sweet looking vehicle my husband is thinking of trading his 4-runner for one. :)
  • jdixon01jdixon01 Posts: 3
    Does anybody have experience with Longo Toyota in LA?
  • jdixon01jdixon01 Posts: 3
    The best I have found is MSRP. Any news when things will return to a non-price gouging purchase format?
  • racer_65racer_65 Posts: 43
    Toyota Sunnyvale is advertising FJ Cruisers for $550 below invoice. They even have a lower optioned one in the mid-low 20's.
  • mjortnermjortner Posts: 1
    I greatly appreciate this suggestion. I visited N. Hollywood and Downtown today, but not Miller. Now I will. Thank you!
  • pgudpgud Posts: 1
    Are there any plans for a convertible FJ Cruiser? If so, what are the details?
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