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Whats up with the FJ Cruiser? A tinker toy or offroad warrior?

3y ago


Its been a long time since the FJ was first put on the shelves. A reincarnation of a classic that was bound to turn a few heads.

I have owned a Toyota FJ cruiser now for 2 years. I remember when I first saw one, I had no idea what to make of it!

The FJ has changed my mind, not only is this truck an off road master but it also has the looks to keep me smiling every time I see it. From the peculiar styling, to the tank like interior there is a lot to love.

Although off the shelves in both the US and Australia, the FJ is still being sold full steam ahead in much of the middle east.

I see the FJ as the ultimate discussion piece, some people love it, thinking back to the FJ's of the past, its amazing pedigree and off road prestige. Others see it as a brick on wheels, a sort of Tinker Toy for men that have smaller than average appendages....

In my opinion, as you can probably guess, I love this car. I think that it gives the essence of what a car should be about. Something that makes you smile when you see it in the morning. That can be ripped apart and put back together. Something that you can spend hours on in the garage, trying to find the best way to make her purr.

What is the general consensus on this car? I think its a mix, but one thing is for sure, if you have ever had the pleasure of owning one, you'll have a special place in your heart for this giant!

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Comments (9)

  • We own a 2011 FJC and all experiences are just what you want a car to be like. By now, it has around 90000 miles on the odo, a considerable amount was on bad, unpaved surface, some on really tough tracks. Sure, it's modified (bumpers, shocks and some other stuff). Although it goes almost whereever you want to go, it still has a nice ride on tarmac, goes well on the Autobahn and at 140km/h, you can still hear music and have a conversation with your buddy. Sure, it is a "negative room wonder" - big on the outside, small on the inside. But hey, that's amost all I can blame the car for. We just love it and will probably keep it until it finally falls apart (which hopefulle will never happen)...

      3 years ago
  • I completely agree Marlene! I've recently purchased the 2017 model here in the UAE and was pleased to find that although a few aesthetic modification's, it's still the easy to use easy to tweak car I love !

      3 years ago
  • I own a 2010 and have enjoyed the off road and on road prowess it has shown me. You speak of a smile in the morning and a toy to tinker with in the garage, I say yes to both and have had many long hours sorting modifications out and enjoying every moment. It's easy to work on and modify as needed to conquer the road ahead.

    I hope Toyota decides to update and bring back to the US so I can have another to play with!!!!!!!

      3 years ago
  • I'm also on my second and loving it! As you said, resale value is great but not thinking of getting rid of mine any time soon !!

      3 years ago
  • I've had 2. I bought one in 2006 and sold it 3 years later and then I missed it dearly so I finally bought another one used last year and genuinely enjoy it. You better purchase one soon because the values aren't really dropping. If anything, the resale values are increasing.

      3 years ago