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New here, 2wd question..

Hey guys I am new to the forum and I am currently driving a 350z, i have never owned an SUV. I am tired of my tiny little car and i love the looks of the FJC, i will be getting one here soon but I had a quick question.. I have no need for 4wd, i live in TX and do not do any offroading at all. I might however want to drive on a beach or take it camping. Is the 2wd with the rear locking going to be sufficient? I wont have to worry about getting stuck in the sand or not making it up a steep hill or anything of that nature right?

I know most of you are against getting an FJC with out 4wd, but i dont see a need in spending the extra money if i wont use it.. This is my daily driver..
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Re: New here, 2wd question..

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In your case and estimated usage pattern, I'd say that 2wd is okay. And if those hold true, probably the only reason to get the 4wd would be for resale value, in the event you decide to move on later. Sales of used 4x2's of off-road niche vehicles, usually never go well. For example, if you had a 4x2 jeep wrangler, you'd never be able to rid yourself of it. Since, we're talking about a Toyota product, an SUV for that matter, you may just have half a chance! However, if you plan to keep your FJ, then by golly, just get your 2wd model

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Re: New here, 2wd question..

You may develop a need for the 4x4 once the FJ sickness consumes you like it has the rest of us.

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You may develop a need for the 4x4 once the FJ sickness consumes you like it has the rest of us.
+1. I had no idea how much I would crave wheeling a year ago (pre-FJ). Err on the side of caution I say.

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Doctor Mikey,

Are you saying I have a terminal illness?

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Re: New here, 2wd question..

Go with what you want. I think for what you need it for, you can work with the 4x2 with no problems. Resale value won't be a problem just because its a 4x2. Its an FJ and thats all that counts.

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Re: New here, 2wd question..

well ive never been into the whole "mudding" seen, as you can see i am coming from a sports car..

I do have a feeling you guys here may convert me though. However I still dont think i can justify the extra money and the sacraficed gas mileage..
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Are you saying I have a terminal illness?

KLD, terminal...maybe. But you are still the voice of reason amosgst the affected.

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well ive never been into the whole "mudding" seen, as you can see i am coming from a sports car..

I do have a feeling you guys here may convert me though. However I still dont think i can justify the extra money and the sacrificed gas mileage..
It's not all about the Mud. I think most people here would prefer trails and rocks most of the time (not that a little mud here and there isn't fun). Growing up in a non-mountainous region, I too thought off-road meant "muddin" and thats it.

My best advice is to find someone on the site in your area, and do a trail run a couple of times and see if its something that you would be into. Maybe it is, maybe it inst. The FJ is my daily driver and its great for that. But its a hell of a weekend toy right out of the box. And that is what makes this vehicle so great to me.

As far a gas mileage- unless you drive a substantial number of miles, its not a huge difference. IMO.

I agree to get what you want. Just make an informed decision..so you know what you want.

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well ive never been into the whole "mudding" seen, as you can see i am coming from a sports car..

I do have a feeling you guys here may convert me though. However I still dont think i can justify the extra money and the sacraficed gas mileage..

I came from a sports car background (Slalom and TSD ralley)as well, I never though I would be taking a vehicle offroad or activly looking for mud, trails etc.
A year with the FJ and all that has changed.

It is a different animal, if you are into pushing your limits and skills as a driver and the limits of your machine at some point you will end up offroad.

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