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Toyota FJ Cruiser or Hummer H3



  • Was going to respond to an old post by "rdhollem" but decided to post these thoughts.

    Just missed the chance for employee pricing (extended to supplier pricing) on the jk. Short garage so couldn't follow all the advice to buy a give-away-price for a full sized truck. Options included cuv suv etc. Tired old back sometimes struggles to get down into the bu. The jk is old tech-grew up on recirculating ball, it has sfa, body on frame, coil springs separate from the shocks, tires with a sidewall on a rim that isn't afraid of a little hole in the road, doesn't have a mechanical fan though, design leans to open roof idea but it does have roll bar, and just saw a link to the release where cerberus is building electric jeeps with a motor for each wheel something alluded to much earlier with a five motor post-surprised to see it come from them (good luck and hope the ability to sync all the wheels has been completed). Jeep reliability like gm? get a peach or a lemon?
  • sage3sage3 Posts: 47
    I owned an Xterra and a few other SUV's but at todays fuel costs I cringed at every fill up and so traded in the X for a little more fuel efficiency. If the economy did not slow, the gas prices would have continued climbing, and so;
    Do any of you think that at some point the cost of fuel would keep you from either the FJ or H3? If so what would the cost of gas have to be?
  • I now live in Bend OR but several years ago I lived in Yreka CA. Bought a 2003-04 Murano new. It spent most of the first month in the dealership with ukn problems-dealer couldn't figure out what was happening/wrong. Fast forward 2 years and 40,000 miles. Local Bend dealership knew my first name and cell number. They couldn't keep it running and I gave up and traded in for an FJ. No regrets, only go in for oil change and tire rotation. Have a K&M air filter which improved power and gas mileage with OR 10% gasohol- RIP OFF. Better angle of approach vs. Murano for fishing off back roads and don't have to worry going over rocks on questionable trails. It's short and not as wide as Hummer so i goes into garage and easier to negotiate on narrow dirt roads. Steering radius not nearly as good as Jeep Wrangler but better power and mileage on open road. Steelhead poles are a tight fit fully assembled inside the vehicle.
  • Better_half doesn't like me using "Blue Beauty" to reference the JK on order. She suggested "Blue Rubi". Things happened and couldn't get to our dealer. Want to "thank" the people from KY and NM who came to TX to beat us to the punch. Maybe someday we'll be rich enough to turn the keys over to leapin lizards.
  • screamin lizard not leapin lizards-gettin more tired every day.
  • Blue Beauty woke up beside Bu and but spent the night with Blue Rubi
  • both, I think, didn't think it through. Blue Beauty is a great daily driver with full time 4wd and Onstar for Better_Half. Should've been two H3's. One with highway gears and smaller tires and one with part time 4wd and a strong front end for the jeeper. Toyota's design and execution are what they are. Less than a week with Blue Rubi and every day the satisfaction and enjoyment goes up. Did not notice any drive line hum like the H3 had even quieter than the redline lubed H3. Blue Rubi is quiet and still feels like a jeep. The H3 should've had the A pillars like the JK has. Surprised by the how much better the minivan motor is purring since the 6 on the odometer is approaching 300. Drove in the rain this weekend, BFG mudders were great, to Dallas for the Jeepfest and saw three Screamin Lizards, it was nice to know their history. The go pedal is hard to restrain and follow the advice of Arthur St. Antoine in Motor Trend " ... Wrangler: Go slow with pride." .
  • Ten days and 600 miles later still loving the rubicon. Gassed up Blue Beauty and it feels like a country cadillac, better_half sure has a nice daily driver. No a/c windowns down redline in everything and had to hit the go pedal to avoid them. Where did that burst of power come from that 3.5 motor. Got back and gassed up the rubi, saw a miata column all numbered up (rally) from Gaylord Texan. Then the idea that the base rubicon was like a sports car 4x4. We are lucky to have two great American products.
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