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If the 2010 has good service records, with its low mileage and what appears to be great aftermarket products ....... hands down, the 2010.

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I'd say the MT '08 with S/C all day long (because that is exactly what I have!).

The TRD S/C is an awesome kit, it cost $6000. Compare that to some bumpers and wheels/tires and the odds are that's worth more than they would be.


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Yeah the S/C’s are pricey. The ‘08 also has the URD 7th injector, 2.55 pulley, TRD cold air intake, URD lower temp Thermostat, and URD tuning. I’m sure those mods added to the price.

How many miles are on your FJ and when did you put the supercharger on it? One thing that was making me lean a little toward the 2010 was that I wasn’t sure how the S/C would affect engine reliability. I want at least 250-300k miles out of my FJ
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If the 2010 has good service records, with its low mileage and what appears to be great aftermarket products ....... hands down, the 2010. <img src="https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
They both have good service records lol. Both one owner, both seem to be well maintained. The 2010 has seen quite a bit of Off-Road use (as it should), and the ‘08 has probably been driven a little hard on occasion with that S/C. No red flags though for either. I feel like the 2010 is the smarter choice money wise because I would lift and add all off-road goodies to the ‘08. I’ve just driven manual my whole life and it’s hard to make the switch to automatic. I think there lies my dilemma lol if both were AT I would choose the 2010 hands down.
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Boiling it down to items that can't easily be fixed with money are:
1. Model year and mileage
2. Manual Full-time 4WD vs Automatic Part-time 4WD
- 3. Possibly horse power; a stock 2010 has more than a stock 2008. I don't know how much the SC adds, but I'm sure there's at least one thread here that'll break that out. (and there's nothing wrong with choosing '8 just because the SC appeals to you regardless of final HP; it may be very cool)

Lifts, bumpers, tires, and wheels can be done or re-done for an expenditure of some amount of money. I'd make the call on which transmission and 4WD system you think will work best for you.
The agony of too many good FJ choices. Good luck with your decision!
Your right I think my dilemma is more so on the Transmission I want. I’ve always had manual vehicles and love it. I think I’m leaning more towards the 2010 but the AT transmission is throwing me off. And I think there is a 30-40 horsepower difference in the two engines in stock formation. So that would be nice for the 2010 to have more power to push around all that weight of gear and what not, but that supercharger more than over compensated for that power difference.

Any real advantages to the Automatic transmission?
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Zombie hand on the bumper adds tremendous value!!!!!
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Zombie hand on the bumper adds tremendous value!!!!!
It also adds 5hp!
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Re: Need Guidance! ASAP! On which FJ to buy. 2 Choices!

2010 will have a stronger rear axle 8.2 vs 8 will also have stronger steering parts . if you plan on taking it off road Not just gravel roads to a KOA campsite then the Auto will be much easier to control . SC plus 8 inch rear = boom

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The manuals have the occasional throwout bearing problem.
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2010 will have a stronger rear axle 8.2 vs 8 will also have stronger steering parts . if you plan on taking it off road Not just gravel roads to a KOA campsite then the Auto will be much easier to control . SC plus 8 inch rear = boom
That’s good to know! I didn’t know there was a difference in the rear differentials and steering components. I’m gonna check into that now. And I plan on using every bit of off-road potential that the FJ has so if that the case we might have a winner!
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The manuals have the occasional throwout bearing problem.
I heard about that... someone told me to get a URD replacement throwout bearing if it ever failed and I’d be golden.
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