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Toyota FJ Cruiser



  • bpraxisbpraxis Posts: 292
    Many people seem to prefer a non descript vehicle like the best selling Camry or Honda Accord. Most vehicles on the road seem to be designed not to offend anyone, bland, boring, uninspiring, and plain.

    Now the FJ to my eye seems to be a cross between two very charismatic vehicles, the Mini Cooper with its contrasting roof and the Hummer. I love the unique fun individualistic styling and applaud Toyota for being more venturesome.

    For an inexpensive truck the FJ has amazing details and innovation in its design. What a pleasure to see a ground breaking new design that will make our roads more interesting.

    Of course there will always be a large majority that is uncomfortable with indivdiualism and Toyota has mastered this market also. As you know sometimes it takes time for people to acclimate to new styling. I remember the Nissan 300 ZX put off many people who refered to it as a squashed bug before the styling caught on as a major hit. I suspect it will be the same with our FJ.

    With auto passion and Happy Halloween
  • I Agree, it's ugly. Looks like the interior was designed to appeal to teenagers who like goofy knobs guages on arcade games. The bumpers and exterior have faux machismo/faux military molded plastic. I can't imagine anybody over age 22 buying this car, due to it's looks. Also, the access looks difficult with those tiny suicide doors, so this doesn't look too useful for camping trips or hauling around sports equipment. Is this a 4Runner underneath the adolescent skin? If so, I'll stick with the 4Runner that has good access, more interior room, and doesn't have video-game/arcade styling.
  • fj07fj07 Posts: 89
    NICE! We need more like you to keep Toyota from tacking on a mark-up the first few months of sales!!! :P Heck if you can afford to pay more for the 4Runner I don't blame you... :D But the rest of us will be sure to enjoy it with out you....
    Later Haters! :mad:
  • I think it looks just the way it should for what it is. Mine will be driven on the beach, tow sailboats, haul mountain bikes, haul band gear and take me all over the southeast refereeing rugby.

    I need something that is fun to drive, has a manual transmission and gets at least in the low 20's for mileage.

    Toyota will sell a bunch of these, especially if Jeep screws up the new Wrangler next year.
  • In that case, it would fly off-road. But at a price
  • fj07fj07 Posts: 89
    I just saw a wrangler a couple weeks ago at a car show modified with a HEMI, quite impresive!! Unfortunately I didn't snap a pic of it! :blush:
  • I'm going to SEMA tomorrow, last chance for questions.
  • bpraxisbpraxis Posts: 292
    Please ask about pricing, gas milage, performance, 0 to 60 etc. Can you also verify the colors for the FJ?

    With appreciation...........
  • hawmanhawman Posts: 19
    color is my major question...also ask about leg room front and rear. HAVE A GOOD TIME!!
  • Please check if all seats fold completely flat, including front passenger seat. I am still not giving up the hope of being able to sleep inside FJ. One of the pre-production pictures, however, shows that with the rear seat folded, its cushion flips up and is not flat at all.

    Thank you!
  • jrzzjrzz Posts: 2
    Thanks for the photos. I agree, love the green. I also like the A/M parts especially the ARB front bumper. It looks more like the concept of 2003. Still wishing for the tan.
  • lou62lou62 Posts: 9
    great pics! Many thanks. My instincts were right about an ARB bumper on the fJ. Really kicks
    up looks of that stock(lame)bumper. that will be the first thing I put on my FJ. Now if I can
    get one in tan.....
  • The more I look around the web I bet that green is an after market pain job. Also still no pictures with the back seat windows open. Kids will hate that ugly blue and not being able to open the windows!
  • fj07fj07 Posts: 89
    I am all over that green! I didn't think I would like it with a white top but it works for me......
  • hawmanhawman Posts: 19
    locking center with locking rear optional...that is really weird!
  • dbt44dbt44 Posts: 10
    Dont they have it come out with a desiel ?
    Even Chrysler is beating them to the punch
  • A center AND a rear lock? FJ would give Rubicon a run for its money, it seems.\

    Does anyone know if a winch would be available at a dealer's? I am not too sure what they mean by "SEMA Member products." on the sticker.

    Also, no mention of an automatic transmission!

  • Edmunds' video promo is blocking a part of the messages on the right side. Please correct. Thank you!
  • fj07fj07 Posts: 89
    Link has been updated with (Go to FJ Cruiser detail page)
    AHHH MAN you can get into the FJ at SEMA as I expected!!!!
    Check out the light colors on the climent control, ARB compressor, & Locker buttons.
    Now for a spare winch and compressor
    And last what a great idea to create storage on the rear hatch door!!! :shades:
    THanks Scott whoever you are for posting these!!!!!
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  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    "Did know that GM is predicting 20 mpg (city) for these models?"

    That's not correct. GM is predicting 20 mpg combined, unadjusted. The adjusted mpg will be 15% less than that. And the city mpg will be well below the combined value.
  • dbt44dbt44 Posts: 10
    UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :cry:
  • I have my refundable deposit down - first on the list at my Toyota dealer. Altho I remain on the fence until I see it, smell it, drive it in person. Great photos from SEMA. Thanks! Full-time 4WD is news to me. I like that, altho it will pull down gas mileage. Is that standard, or an option? The 4runner does not have full-time 4WD, right? And I agree - green is good, more conservative - lessens the "look at me" factor. I hope that color is available at the dealer. Other than photos, did we gain any other info or answers to questions at SEMA?
  • Just answered one of my own questions - full-time 4WD is available on the 8 cylinder 4runner.
  • updated the FJ section.

    Thanks for the pics and info. I still hate that stick shift design... looks more like a sex toy. Also, with so many manufacturers equiping their cars for iPODS these days I can't believe there is no input. Finally, if this is coming out in early 2006, why would they label this vehicle a 2007?
  • dbt44dbt44 Posts: 10
  • hawmanhawman Posts: 19
    just thought I would help clarify...the full time 4wd on the v8 runner is standard in the 4X4 version. It doesn't have a 2wd mode. The system on the V6 4x4 CAN work the same way. It has the ability to go 2wd but you could put it in full time 4wd and leave it there for the life of the vehicle and you wouldn't hurt a thing. The differential on the 4runner is a locking center which makes the FJ very unique in toyota's line up.

    I am wondering, if you get the locking rear option does that eliminate the locking center?
  • I spoke to one of the product managers at SEMA-

    Production starts first week of January
    First US sales in early-Feb
    Price: "Lower-mid 20's"
    Mileage "Not EPA tested yet between 4x4 truck and 6 cyl Forerunner
    White roof will be standard on all FJ's
    First year colors: Blue, Yellow, Silver and Black. Tan will come later
    The drivers seat does have a height adjuster
    The floor does not fold flat, each section is on a different level.
    There is acceptable real leg room, but is claustrophobic back there. The rear door window is even smaller inside than it looks from the outside. It is glued in place.
    The side view is similar to an airplane seat when the post is next to you. You have to lean about a foot forward to be able to see out. and it's about as small as a airplane window too.
  • Thanks for the info, Scootertrash. No fold flat floor, and claustrophobic backseat? I was afraid of that. I may have to pass on the FJ and go with the Xterra :( .
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