I'm starting to shop and thought "who better to tell me than serious owners?" ...
What is the best model year to buy and why?
What should I be looking for in a used truck?
What should I look out for in a used truck?
What options should I make sure that it has?
Are there options that could drive up the price that I don't really need?
I'm leaning toward an automatic transmission just because I've never owned one before and I spend a lot of time in Philly traffic. But will go for a standard if the truck and price are right. It has to be a 4X4 and any color except black (just don't want the paint swirlies).
How much truck should I expect to get for $25,000?
How many miles are too many miles?
Any and all opinions are valuable and I appreciate you taking the time to advise me on this. I'm looking forward to joining the club and sitting above traffic again (used to own a tricked out '88 Dodge Raider with a turbo starion engine and 32" BFG's). I've been driving a MINI Cooper S for the last 9 years primarily to race SCCA Solo in the summer. I'm still debating whether to sell it, or keep it around just to race. It's got around $12k in performance parts and 225hp at the wheels, I would have to find the right person to sell it to or just settle for $5k trade in.
I'm an engineer for the railroad and really should be driving a vehicle suited for bad roads and poor conditions, I've bent 2 sets of wheels just driving to work on I-95. I could settle on your typical Kia or Jeep but I like unique looking vehicles that aren't a dime-a-dozen, I'm no sheep.
Again, thanks for taking time to aid a newbie and I'm looking forward to reading your opinions and benefit from your experience.
Hey Welcome aboard. So to your questions.
1. No year is really better than another. It just depends on color, options, price, and number of owners. As example, the '10 & '11 models engines are slightly different making more HP and supposedly better MPG but less torque plus it hits these numbers at higher RPM.
2. If you looking for a used FJ, really the only options you want to make sure it has to have is A-Trac and RR Diff Lock. The most important being the RR Diff Lock, if you have this option, you can buy the A-Trac button for like $50 and plug it in and now you have A-Trac.
3. As far as a used FJ goes, there are really only two things two look for check the underside of the rig to make sure it wasn't beat up on the trails. Also check the inner fenders for bulges and tears. You can search here for info on it. Here's a pic;
4. I don't see how #2 and #4 are any different?
5. If you ask around you'll see that most of the folks on here if they could do it again, would get a base model with 4wd RR Diff Lock. Like most vehicles, stock options cost almost as much as the better aftermarket options.
6. Keep in mind since you want a 4wd the 5spd auto can be either 2wd or 4wd, where as the 6spd manual is full time 4wd, which is better off road, but comes at the expense of slightly worse MPG.
7. For $25,000 you should be able to find basically a fully loaded '07 maybe '08.
8. Personally when I was looking for my used FJ at the beginning of '10 I decided I didn't want to buy anything with over 50k on it.
The bottom line is the FJ Cruiser is the best vehicle I've ever owned. I love it. Makes me feel like a bada$$ driving around. Every time I jump in I feel like I'm going to be going on an expedition even if I'm just running out for cigarettes. I hope this all helps. And again welcome aboard.
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2007 Black Diamond FJ Cruiser, Auto, 4wd, Toytec Ultimate 3" lift, Light Racing Upper Control Arms, TheToyOutfitters LCA, Procomp Series 87 Steelies Painted White, 285/75 R16 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws, Trail Gear Sliders, TheToyOutfitters Custom Front Bumper, Snorkel, Outrider Lower Link Armor