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Pull the Trigger?

Hello. I've been browsing the forums for a while and would like to thank many of you for your insight, advice and knowledge.

Background: I'm in the market for a "hobby" car and have settled on the idea of a capable, "tue" off-road vehicle. After some research and window shopping, I'm leaning heavily toward an FJC. I currently own a 2008 Tundra, which has served me well as a work horse (tow/haul) vehicle. She does pretty well off road and has got me in and out of some pretty hairy situations. But, she is not what I consider to be a true off roader, as I've found myself suck more times than I'd like to admit ( trying to make the tool do what it was not designed to do). She's even got the pin stripes and severely dented skid plate to prove it. I'm keeping her, but only want to use her for her intended purpose.

Anyway, my local Toyo dealer currently has a 2011 FJC with just over 65k miles. A cursory inspection shows that it is in pretty good shape (expected wear and tear on the interior, no serious rust problems, clean engine, no obvious signs of off-road abuse, no pin stripes, etc.) I took it for a test drive today and was impressed. The salesman took me on a local "off road course" which put a wide grin on my face. I was easily tackling obstacles that I never even thought of attempting in my Tundra. The FJC tackled these obstacles like it was cruising down a paved highway. I'm sold.

My hesitation is that they are asking just north of 30K for the rig. I think I can talk them down to 28K. KBB values this rig at around 26K. Im very shy about spending this much money for a used car with over 65K miles on it. My question: is 28K an unreasonable price for six year old car with 65k miles? Consider also that, as a hobby car, I plan on future heavy modifications.

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65K is nothing for a Toyota. I've seen '11s with over 90K on them asking the same price. Is it a 2011 NSSE in Army Green? No dash top gauges or power inverter, a Trail Teams Special Edition factory mistake sold as Option pkg #3 , which is lovingly called the Not So Special Edition.

Throw the KBB price at them and see what sticks.
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Definitely use book value against the dealer. They wouldn't pay more than nada if they were taking it on trade. Also check the buy/sell section on this forum it has some clean stock and modded FJs. Remember if you're going to do moderate to extreme mods that equals weight, drag and power loss. To gain back those ponies a lot of guys super charge which is only currently available for years '07-'09. Good luck and enjoy..
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Price seems too high for me. I would definitely use KBB value to negotiate the price down.

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Re: Pull the Trigger?

Thanks for the advice folks. It's a stock car. No mods as far as I can tell. Not sure what package it has, but it does have the dash top instruments A-trac, rear locker, power inverter, and no roof rack. I'll take the KBB report with me on the next visit.

Also, anyone know of a reputable shop in SE Wyoming or front range Colorado that will do a quality BMC?

Thanks again for the help.
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You can do it yourself with a 4 1/2" angle grinder. Only takes a few minutes, very easy mod.
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Welcome aboard! Be careful, an FJ can change your life!
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Welcome to the forum.

Good luck with your negotiations or with finding the right FJ..it's out there somewhere waiting for you.

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