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So I work at a toyota dealership here in Cali and had been waiting for a good Fj to come in on trade and just had not seen any come in at all. Finally saw a 2014 with 30k in magma and good condition come in. It's an auto 4wd, back up camera and blue tooth, but no other bells and whistles. But now there's an 07 attitude black manual 4wd with all the bells and whistles and only 60k for 2/3 the cost. I would really love your ally opinion.

Any pros/cons of one vs the other? Only about 25k difference in mileage.
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Go 2014. Updated motor, rear axle, back up cam, bluetooth, fenders, ability to turn daylight running lights off on switch.

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Backup camera and Bluetooth are not a big deal as I will put a navi head unit it.

What's the deal with the motor and rear end. I do plan on creating a "crawler" out of which ever I go with.
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2007 is single vvti. 2014 is dual. Some 2007 had brittle rear gears. They redesigned the fenders after the 2007-2009s had fender bulges (in some cases they rip). I have a 2007 with all the bells and whistles. My dad has a 2013 TT, with all the bells and whistles. I don't see enough difference to want to spend a mess more, getting the newer one. There's a couple of nice features on his, but nothing mine doesn't have...that is aftermarket...and better. I will give that his has a little more power, though. Gas mileage is only slightly different.
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The newer one will offer as additional enhancements, a tighter turning circle, larger more robust ring gears, map lights, side visors, auto-dimming mirror, more HP, and better fuel economy among the other things listed below.
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I think you post both of the window stickers of both vehicles and then we can make a more informed opinion. But off the top of my head:8 year old vehicle vs 1. I think that says a lot. The VVTI engine in the 14 is far superior to the 2007 engine. Fender bulges is also a big issue that others have mentioned. I would look that up so you can see what they mean.
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The newer one will offer as additional enhancements, a tighter turning circle, larger more robust ring gears, map lights, side visors, auto-dimming mirror, more HP, and better fuel economy among the other things listed below.

I didn't know the turning circle changed... When was that?


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You say the 14 is an AT with no bells....does it have the locker? If not, pass.

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I never knew that! I guess I should complain about my turning circle any more.


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