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Old 02-06-2006, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How many of you plan to buy one of the new FJ's when they arrive? I'm pretty set on a Silver 4x4 Automatic...can't wait...
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If I were ready to buy a new vehicle, I would tend to wait a few years after they were released to save a little cash. I think I would rather have a ext cab tacoma or 4runner. I like the narrowness of them. New cars/truck styles take a few years to grow on me.
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How many of you plan to buy one of the new FJ's when they arrive? I'm pretty set on a Silver 4x4 Automatic...can't wait...
My wife wants to trade in the Sienna for one...
We'll haggle over the "options" (I want the blue with a manual trans.)
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My brother is getting one but they have not grown on my yet I will stick to my 40s for now.
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Old 02-07-2006, 01:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I saw one at the Houston Autoshow this weekend.....I was not impressed. I would rather get a 4door Tundra.
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Old 02-07-2006, 06:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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They are Disappointing to say the least.
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Old 02-08-2006, 04:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I am sure it wheels better thatn a 4dr Tundra. I broke my tundra after the first month. To the best of my knowledge, I screwed the spider gears in the front diff, after some heavy throttling(sp). I do wish the tundra had a locking rear diff. That said, I iam waiting for a black cherry 6sp with most of the ops.

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Old 02-08-2006, 05:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I am sure it wheels better thatn a 4dr Tundra. I broke my tundra after the first month. To the best of my knowledge, I screwed the spider gears in the front diff, after some heavy throttling(sp). I do wish the tundra had a locking rear diff. That said, I iam waiting for a black cherry 6sp with most of the ops.

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I do beleive the new FJ is built on the tundra chassis. I might be wrong but I thought I read that somewhere.......
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I do beleive the new FJ is built on the tundra chassis. I might be wrong but I thought I read that somewhere.......
Its built on the Prado Chassis, a proven vehicle.
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Old 02-08-2006, 05:45 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Ok, I knew it was one of them.
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If I were ready to buy a new vehicle, I would tend to wait a few years after they were released to save a little cash. I think I would rather have a ext cab tacoma or 4runner. I like the narrowness of them. New cars/truck styles take a few years to grow on me.
Saving cash is not going to happen. Toyota always releases a new vehicle at a low price and then throughout the first two years jacks the prices up. With resale values the way they are typical Toyotas in two years you will be paying the same price for a used one as a new one is now.
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My brother is getting one but they have not grown on my yet I will stick to my 40s for now.
I hear that, I'd probably buy one if I was into mountain biking/hiking, and my diet consisted of gronala/trail mix and water. My wife likes them too, but I just don't have an eye for them yet. They look like any other yuppie dorky SUV to me, so far...
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I hear that, I'd probably buy one if I was into mountain biking/hiking, and my diet consisted of gronala/trail mix and water. My wife likes them too, but I just don't have an eye for them yet. They look like any other yuppie dorky SUV to me, so far...



I agree.
I actually would like it better if it were not called FJCruiser, FJ, Cruiser, whatever they call it. To me it does not resemble a Cruiser and it should not be called one. If they want to make a "retro" Cruiser it should have alot more than just a grill that kind of resemble's an early FJ Cruiser........
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I just don't understand why they just don't bring back the FJ40. I mean Jeep still makes the traditional style 'jeep body" it's evolved so minimal over the years and yet so popular. I see no reason why if they wanted compete against Jeep, they could'nt just bring back the 40 with straight axles/coils, V6-or V-8, now you've got somthing to compete against the TJ.
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I just don't understand why they just don't bring back the FJ40. I mean Jeep still makes the traditional style 'jeep body" it's evolved so minimal over the years and yet so popular. I see no reason why if they wanted compete against Jeep, they could'nt just bring back the 40 with straight axles/coils, V6-or V-8, now you've got somthing to compete against the TJ.
$$$ people would not buy it for what it would cost to build and import. Basically the same reason the US no longer gets the Defender 90s. To meet all the safety and emissions and pay import duties it is not cost effective. Toyota will be the world's largest automanufactuer in the world in 2006. They didn't do this by being stupid, obviously there is not enough of a financial gain to make it worthwhile. And I agree that it sucks!
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But isn't the FJcruiser supposed to come in at 20-25K? That is what the new TJ clocks in at. They couldn't make a more spartan interior and more simple design for the same price or less?

Don't forget, when new, the 40's were more $$$ than a like-equipped CJ.
They still sold well.
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But isn't the FJcruiser supposed to come in at 20-25K? That is what the new TJ clocks in at. They couldn't make a more spartan interior and more simple design for the same price or less?

Don't forget, when new, the 40's were more $$$ than a like-equipped CJ.
They still sold well.

I don't care about the cost of either. Nobody looking for a "jeep" type vehicle is going to compare the FJ cruiser to TJ (or whatever the new model). Back when the FJ40 was sold new you could compare it to the CJ5/7 and make a decision onwhich one was better(no brainer). The current comparison is nothing alike, they are 2 different classes of suv to me....




Speaking of costs, I still have the original sales contract from 1972 when my dad and mom bought the Cruiser I now have new.
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I think I will just keep my 80 and maybe someday put Volvo portals under my Honda Element.
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But isn't the FJcruiser supposed to come in at 20-25K? That is what the new TJ clocks in at. They couldn't make a more spartan interior and more simple design for the same price or less?

Don't forget, when new, the 40's were more $$$ than a like-equipped CJ.
They still sold well.
Not so well the last years of the 40, that is why they were dropped.

There are two types of $$ involved here proffit and cost of the vehicle. If both aren't positive for the customer and manufactuer the vehicles don't exist.

Just a guess but I'm guessing if they brought back a 40 series type vehicle it would be in the same price range as the D90 was. And at 40,000 for a spartan vehicle they just aren't going to sell a whole lot. Toyota builds models that they sell a lot of or they disappear. The FJ40 isn't the only vehicle to ever disappear. The MR2, Supra, and even the Celica is disappearing. $ drives what they make and if it isn't there they don't make it.
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