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Toyota FJ Cruiser

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  • Hello everyone,

    Who on here has the Diecast 1/18 scale replica Fj that they got when they bought theirs? Is anyone willing to sell it to me, i am looking for a blue one? Let me know
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,929
    Try eBay.

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  • ebay is too expensive , i would pay 40 buck for one but not 150
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,929
    Well, the ones I saw were asking $55 - and eBay is set up for buying and selling (we're not).

    There's some die cast companies out there too, but only saw one FJ for $80. Try an ad on Craigslist.com - they're free. And if you mark your email public in your profile, someone willing to sell could contact you off the boards.

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  • thanks steve i posted an add on that site! :)
  • bbug1bbug1 Posts: 76
    Yes....that is, until you calibrate your compass. We haven't done ours yet--requires some sort of driving in a circle yada yada. Maybe this weekend we'll take care of this, but for now I've gotten used to the flashing compass text.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,929
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    The FJ Cruiser: Campground Hero Scroll down in the blog for more camping photos.

    Here's my version. :shades:

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  • chiefjojochiefjojo Posts: 39
    The FJC has slight advantages in engine power, departure angle (30 vs 28 I think), tires (32" vs 31") and 4WD traction goodies (4R had either ATRAC or rear locker, but not both like FJC). They are both similar dimensions, but the 4R is narrower, nimbler, lighter, has 4 full doors, more storage space, and is arguably more attractive. Thoughts?
  • I ordered it from the factory with the hitch and this is the one I received. Is that correct? Did everyone else get this one?

    I'm a little concerned because of the brand and it decreases approach angle.

    Scott

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  • gypsyjongypsyjon Posts: 38
    no , mine it Toyota
  • gypsyjongypsyjon Posts: 38
    Not to mention, the FJ is WAY cool and the 4 Runner is just a ride... ;)
  • rick_renorick_reno Posts: 23
    That's not what mine looks like - it's all black and has a rubber thingie in it that has Toyota printed on it. I could shoot you a picture, but don't know where you are.
  • johnnjjohnnj Posts: 14
    OK, I'm thinking of trading in my '01 Yukon XL Denali for an FJ Cruiser which my wife will be driving. I just want to know what are your complaints or your likes of the FJ. I know I'll be losing alot of room between the 2 vehicles but in a short version, GM does not stand behind their vehicles.

    Thanks

    John
  • Johnnj, the truth is that many automakers, including Toyota, Honda and even Infiniti and Lexus, do not stand behind their vehicle, not as much as joe-consumer would like. For example, try having them do something for warped rotors after 20-25k miles of "normal" street use (my last Toy went to 95k on its front set; it is a stick... ). A friend did not succeed with this problem on his Lexus!?

    However, with many Toys like the FJ you may not have to take in for much beyond standard maintenance: fluids, filters, battery, bulbs, etc. In my view that reliability is the biggest difference! Typically, Toy dealers are seen as some of the worst but selling some of the best "quality" products.

    On the flip side, FJ is in its first year of production and even though it is derived from the 4Runner and other Landcruisers sold overseas, they may be some "imperfections" in the body & interior which are new; however the drive terrain should be rock solid because it is has been around a for a few years.
  • jamesbass1jamesbass1 Posts: 75
    I agree w/you on the mfg'ers not always standing behind their product, but a warped brake rotor is the wrong analogy. You can easily warp a brake rotor 15 minutes after leaving the car lot in a brand new vehicle. All you have to do is heat the rotors up real good w/a few hard stops and then drive through a deep puddle of water. That'll usually warp a rotor every time.
  • lab_guylab_guy Posts: 1
    I heard about your FJ!!! I was there the same day picking mine up. I live north of detroit and was in town to pick up my black cherry FJ that came in at the same time. Your FJ was the talk of the dealership. Not to mention the distance you had to travel to get it. I had no trouble finding mine on the lot because of the crowd of onlookers surrounding it. I have done business with Jim White Toyota for years, they have always treated my family well.
  • gypsyjongypsyjon Posts: 38
    COOL!!! I had a blast going up there to get it and had a great trip home...I was planning on spending the night in Lexington KY, but got there at 5PM...I was having such a good time I just kept going and got back to Hotlanta at just after midnight!!

    What a fun weekend that was..

    Regards,

    Gypsy Jon :)
  • voodoofxvoodoofx Posts: 81
    The longer I own my FJ the more I like it. Yesterday I tried going up a very steep sandy slope [I could not walk up without using my hands]. I got stuck after a few yards then turned on the A trac. It really sounds weird [I'm told that is normal] but the result was fantastic. Within seconds I was crawling to the top. My wife said it looked strange to watch how the drive moved from wheel to wheel. With IFS I doubt the FJ will make a great rock crawler, but, with the right tires, it will be awesome in snow, mud or sand. For those of you without A trac all you have to do is buy a switch. All the necessary hardware is already in all auto trans FJs. I'm not sure about manuals.
  • detourdetour Posts: 4
    I test drove the FJ in April and liked it, but I've got a few reservations about it that are making me lean towards the RAV4 instead. First, there's the gas mileage. I can see the EPA estimates, but I'm wondering what sorts of mileage FJ owners are really getting. Most of the driving I do currently is in the city, mostly for short trips, so any information about actual city mileage would be very helpful.

    The second reservation with the FJ is about the cramped back seats and the flip-out doors. What do people who have travelled in the FJ's back seats have to say about them?
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,929
    Please visit the Toyota FJ Cruiser: MPG-Real World Numbers discussion and report on your gas mileage over there.

    We can stick with this discussion for the back seat and the flip-out doors responses. Thanks!

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  • voodoofxvoodoofx Posts: 81
    It does not look like anyone is interested in a forum dedicated to gas mileage. As for the back seat and flip out doors I would not want to sit back there very long but its ok for short trips. The FJ is not a great family vehicle. Thats why I also own a Camry.
    Last weekend I used the FJ to tow a pop up tent trailer and the mileage dropped from about 18 to 14.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,929
    lol, it just opened about 15 minutes ago, and on a Sunday no less. Give it a few days at least. :P

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  • gypsyjongypsyjon Posts: 38
    I have read my FJ manual from cover to cover and need advice in regard to towing.

    In the past every vehicle I have owned, stated clearly in the manual, not to tow with the tranny in overdrive. In other words tow with the torque converter locked out.

    In the FJ manual, it says to tow in 4th I believe it is, but only for the reason of increased engine braking. I plan on towing a pair of Sea-doos to Florida and do not need engine braking while on the freeway and I am not sure if I need to tow in a gear down from highest or not.

    Does this thing have a torque converter that will be damaged if I tow in the highest gear?

    The manual is very unclear on this point.

    TIA
  • ron41ron41 Posts: 37
    I have a 4x4 auto FJ without the roof rack and get about 16 to 17 mpg in the city, I haven't really done any long term highway driving to get an accurate hwy count! The few adults who sat in the back seats like it back there no complaints. I'm 21 but the ages of folks in the backseats have ranged from 20 something thru sixty something. Okay I had to help my sixty something aunt out of the truck :blush: !!!! The RAV 4 is cool too but I perfer the FJ Cruiser for the strength, appearance, performance and cool factor. Right now I'm really not tripping on gas mileage. If that was the case, I could have kept my 2005 Corolla S. :shades:
  • I just Washed My FJ for the first time. Does anyone have any recommendations on what to use on the all the Black Plastic surfaces ( Fender Flares & Bumpers ) to keep them from fading and preserve them? I am familiar with armor all and son of a gun., but has anyone found a superior product? My Tacoma doesn't have the Black trim so it has been a while since I have had the need. :)
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738
    http://www.novuspolish.com/

    There is absolutely nothing better. Armor All and the others actually destroy the vinyl and rubber over time as they leech out oils from them in order to make it that shiny. This product works on fiberglass, clearcoats, and of course, pastic. Rubber and vinyl won't work at all.

    Gaming supply stores and boating stores tend to carry it(it's widely used for pinball playfields as well), though you cna order it online. #1 is a spray with *zero* grit in it - it's what you want to use. #2 is semi-abraseive, like typical liquid car wax - just rub gently as it'll make scratches otherwise. $3 is essentially plastic polishing compound.

    As for application, use a random-orbital buffer with #1 - it's very much like pure Carnuba in that it's watery/thin and requires working into the paint a tiny bit. BY hand, it takes a few minutes per secotion of the car - with the buffer, seconds. :)

    It's also good for plastic headlights - it'll keep them from ever turning yellow.

    **edit** - if the car is brand new, hand-wiping it should be sufficient. I personally use a Dremel with a buffing pad for smaller areas.
  • ron41ron41 Posts: 37
    Early part of July Toyota will be contacting some of the first 9,000 FJ owners to bring in their trucks to have the mounting checked in the tires. Notice was announced today 6/26/06 :confuse:
  • rick_renorick_reno Posts: 23
    Toyota will initiate a Special Service Campaign (Safety Recall) on certain early 2007 Model Year FJ Cruiser vehicles.

    On June 26, 2006, Toyota filed a Defect Information Report (DIR) with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding certain early 2007 Model Year FJ Cruiser vehicles. During the tire-to-wheel assembly process for the 2007 FJ Cruiser equipped with either Bridgestone Dueler H/T P265/70R17 113S or Dunlop Grandtrek AT20 P265/70R17 113S tires, there is a possibility that the inner bead of the tire may have been damaged. If the bead is damaged, a bulge may develop on the sidewall of the tire and/or air may leak from the area of the damaged bead.

    Toyota will contact the customers. Toyota will begin mailing around July 5th.

    Not all VIN's are included. If you wish you may certainly contact your local Toyota Service Center and they can verify eligibility over the phone.

    VIN Ranges:
    VDS: BU11F Range: 0001029 – 0011264
    VDS: ZU11F Range: 0001017 – 0002528

    As this is not a tire manufacturer recall, but a Toyota recall, customers will be instructed to bring their vehicle into an authorized Toyota dealer.

    There are approximately 9,000 FJ Cruiser (early 2007 Model Year) vehicles involved in the U.S

    All customer inquires should be directed to the Toyota Customer Experience Center
    at 1-800-331-4331.
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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,929
    Please visit the Toyota FJ Cruiser Special Service Campaign 60D discussion for more; we have a Toyota rep participating in there.

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  • Aumorall works great for that i detail cars thats what i use on the Dash and plastics inside and out, plastics that look old look new after spraying some of it one, hope this helps.
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