Re: What's the best year to buy?
They changed the Rear Diff in the 2010 to a larger 8.25 unit to beef it up over the previous model years. You also get a Back up Camera built in to the mirror, map lights up front. Also updated is the 4.0 to a dual variable over head valve that feels faster than the earlier models and also returns better gas mileage.
Down sides to the 2010.
The new motor has the oil filter down below like other cars, makes changing with skids harder.
The Rear diff, although larger and beefier, does not have aftermarket gears or Lockers available for it yet... Im sure this will change soon... I hope.
The Back up camera, although cool, if you mount larger wheel on the back with bigger tire, some of your downward view is obstructed.
Some people ***** about the new motor that the torque comes on later. I have driven both back to back and there is a difference, the 2010 felt faster in the upper revs, had better throttle response and although it has 8 less FTLB's of torque it has a flatter curve so there is more power under the curve on the new motor.
If toyota follows suite like they have in past with the VVTI engine, there will not be a supercharger with this motor which kinda sucks. but Im sure URD will have fun with it soon enough. Better Breathing motor with a blower is awesome! Can't wait to see what they come up with!
Also, the new motor responds very very favorable to 93 octane. I stopped into a station and all they had was 93 on a working pump. So I filled up on 93 and wow. There was a huge Butt Dyno Power improvement from the 87 I was using the previous tank. Im kinda wondering now what the MPG difference would be with 93 and if it is worth it.
So yes.. the 2010 is improved and is the best FJC yet!
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