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Re: So I'm probably the first to ask....

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When they changed the engine in 2010 it was a horse power for torque trade off. So yes earlier engines had more torque (low end zip) and newer ones had more hp (higher top end speed). For the type of vehicle the FJ is, l'd pick the torque.

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The initial engine was single Variable Valve Timing on the intake side only.
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The set-up employs heads that are much wider than the previous engine making the oil filter location of the older engine impossible.
The new engine is greener and gets about a mile better fuel economy.
A mile per gallon is money saved for other things that you may want to do to or with your FJ.
Toyota constantly upgrades things as they go along.
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Re: So I'm probably the first to ask....

I agree with @gaylonw - Our Fortuner has the single VVTI engine and it sounds better, but the Dual VVTI in my FJ has more overall power and uses a lot less fuel even with the FJ's worse aerodynamics.
It is true that the early engine has slightly more peak torque, but the newer engine changes character significantly at the 3500 RPM mark, and I feel the torque delivery is more linear.
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As someone else mentioned, if you're looking for an FJ, craigslist can be your friend. I always use the site it lets you browse multiple cities to find the best deal on a FJ.
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Re: So I'm probably the first to ask....

Don't get hung up on finding a 2010+. Lots of people suggest that but the 07-09s are usually fine. Know what to look for in regards to fender bulge and transmission shudder. Do a search and you'll find plenty of info. Of course, spend some time underneath looking for rust or leaks.

Some will tell you that the 07-09 have to be run on premium fuel. They don't.

Some are worried about the improper heat treating on some of the 07-09s. It's cheaper to buy an 07-09 and replace the rear diff than it is to buy a 2010+.

Do read up on what to look at for the motor mounts. That would be a big downer to address on a new-to-you rig.

Good luck with your search!

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