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Should I Get It?

Hi, new member here. I've been thinking about getting an FJ and found one that I like very much and would like to get your guys opinions on it. I don't plan on doing a ton of off-roading, but once in a while will do a bit. I go snowboarding a lot and was thinking a 4x4 would be good for those snowy drives. But the truth is, in 5 years of owning my Scion tC, I've only needed to use my chains 4 or 5 times. So I thought a 4x2 would probably be plenty for my needs. I found an '08 4x2 with a tick over 14,000 miles and test drove it today and really liked it. It's a silver FJ with Crawler Edition Off-road and towing package. Had it been a 4x4, it probably would have come home with me. But the more I thought about it, I really don't need a 4x4, especially after seeing some of the stuff the 4x2 is capable of from your guys pix. My Scion has been flawless (knocks on wood), only needing regular maintenance such as 30 & 60k mile service. Is there anything I should know about the FJ's? For example, I'm a Porsche nut and when looking at newer 911's, you need to look out for Rear Main Seal and Intermediate Main Seal leaks (very costly if they occur). This example is VERY clean in and out and seemed to be taken care of quite well. Here's the for sale ad. I think I can get them down to about $22.5. Should I pull the trigger and give her a new home?

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It's a nice rig , but I wouldn't pay that much for a 4X2. Don't rush into it. Good luck. .......

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I think you'll regret the 4x2 as you grow into it.

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Re: Should I Get It?

I don't know anything about that mod, honestly. I have heard, more so in relation to the Tacoma's at least, that a 4x2 or Pre-runner versions that they will fo just fine in situations that most people will get into. I know when I had my Tacoma I had it in 4WD only a handful of situations.

That said, that is why I bought my FJ. I WANT to get it into 4WD situations. While this is a question you would have to ask yourself, I will offer the opinion that it seems kind of odd they even offer a 4x2 version of the FJ. This beast is made for going off-road. Granted there are a ton of them out there bought just for looks and mall crawling but it seems to me from your post you are an outdoorsy type. I'd go 4x4

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Re: Should I Get It?

IMO hold out for a 4X4. But, if that is what suits you, I like it!
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Re: Should I Get It?

It all depends upon your lifestyle, needs and personal preference. I bought a 4x2 FJC because after owning several 4x4 vehicles over the previous twenty years, I realized that I had only engaged 4wd a handful of times. This was despite the fact that I was an avid whitewater kayaker, and spent a lot of time camping in the Big Bend area of Texas.

The 4x2 FJC is plenty capable, as many other 4x2 owners on this forum will attest. You may not be able to get into any serious rock-crawling, but if all you ever deal with are trails and snow, you should be fine.

Also, I really think that $22,500 is a pretty decent price for the FJC you're looking at. I was told that my 2007 has a resale value of $20,000-$21,000, and your FJC has an aftermarket ARB bumper added, which sells for about $1200.

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To bad the dealer thinks the ARB is a Warn...

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Re: Should I Get It?

You can get a new or used 4x4 FJ at that price dude. That lift is out dated. Buying the 4x2 FJ is like buying a boat that does not float.

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Re: Should I Get It?

Ok first thing's first.....I WANT THAT FJ CRAWLER BADGE....can you get me some info to me so that I can get one please?

Here's the thing: I worked for Toyota for years and what I found out a lot is that people would always say the same thing: I don't or won't use 4x4 a lot so I don't need it. My thing is that in case you're with someone that needs your help getting out, then you're more capable of doing it with 4wd. Having that will not only give you a better piece of mind, but will give you added security. I have seen 4x2's do a lot.....but not nearly as much as a 4wd. Go for the 4wd man....I promise you that you won't be sorry. Even if you only use it once or twice, then you'll be happy to know that having 4wd will add resale value to your ride later on down the road if you were ever going to get out of it. If I had a dollar for everyone who told me that they wish that they had gotten 4wd. Sure you don't think you'd use it.....well, obviously cause you ain't got it. When you've got it, you've just expanded your horizons and new doors and places will open up to you. With a 4x2, you'll be in the same routine and never really get the chance to go off and wander onto that other trail or go further down the road cause you're unsure about your vehicle's capabilities. Get out there bro! Throw it down into 4H and explore.

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Re: Should I Get It?

as stated, priced too high for a 4x2
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