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2010 FJ need help on prepurchase.(Newbie)

Hello,

Im currently on the hunt for FJ.
This 2010 FJ is at 138k miles and asking price is $15,600

From the picture the outer body looks great, but underneath is a whole different story.
To be honest I don’t really know what I'm looking at.

Living in new england, surface rust is a norm to most cars. Im a little knowledgeable on how to fix and prevent them and thats about it.

My question is, is this FJ worth it? Amount of time to do work on the rust + the other maintenance.

And can anyone please help me. Thanks!
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Re: 2010 FJ need help on prepurchase.(Newbie)

Welcome.

I think only you can answer the question, RE: rust. I have lived in your area for years, and bought cars down south (Atlanta/Carolinas)

When I was searching for my FJ, I did a 48 state search. I found two of the cheapest FJ in MA and one in WI. I was super excited, but when I asked for undercarriage pics from salesman, I found what you show in pictures and worse. Personally, I don't want a rusty vehicle. I live in an area, where rust isn't (corrected typing mistake) an issue, so I changed my search parameters to search for FJ only in the southern states. Mine came from AZ, and I love it.

Good luck with your purchase.

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I live in an area, where rust is an issue

Since when is Rust an issue in So-Cal 90210?



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I meant to write, now I live in an area, where rust isn't an issue, unlike my previous tenure in the NE.
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Re: 2010 FJ need help on prepurchase.(Newbie)

Hi Mainerfj

Well I have seen worse rust. And for a 9 year old vehicle in the rust belt, it's not out of line. A lot of it comes down to your plan for the vehicle. The high (dollar) route is to get a rust free vehicle and keep after the undercarriage so it looks like it spent winters in LA.
However, that's easier said than done when it's cold, wet, and snowy and the DOT trucks are treating the roads like margarita glasses. More pressure to keep after the salt if you bring one up down south.
The other option is to wire brush what is there, paint it, treat it, and try to keep it looking half way decent. More work and/or money, but not impossible either. Since I'm in the rust belt as well that's the route I'm going. Keeping after the surface rust and trying to stop it from getting worse. As long as I'm in this part of the country there will be rust and I have to deal with it.
Of course you can also plan to keep the vehicle a shorter period of time and not worry about it - though if you're on here that's not very likely.

If it helps to have a reference, I posted some pics in another thread about rust. This truck looks like it had more corrosion than the one you are posting about even though it's newer. (The kid I was helping passed on it, but because he thought "more girls would dig a Sun Fusion FJ than a white one")

I think you mentioned in another post you were looking at (or was it For?) a Sandstorm FJ. If you have a backup option, how does that one compare?

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It still appears structurally sound, and you could stop that rust from progressing any further with Fluid Film. One caveat is it is difficult to know what the inside of the frame rails looks like...

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Thank you guys for fast responses!

Im going to bring it tomorrow to a mechanic for pre purchase inspection.

They suppose to deliver it today to be seen and inspected, but their delivery team got tied up.

When I get a chance to test drive the FJ, what should i look for?
Im going to ask the mechanic to pull the spark plug and inspect the ball joints.

Please don’t hesitate to add input on what to check for.

Thank you.
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Thank you guys for fast responses!

Im going to bring it tomorrow to a mechanic for pre purchase inspection.

They suppose to deliver it today to be seen and inspected, but their delivery team got tied up.

When I get a chance to test drive the FJ, what should i look for?
Im going to ask the mechanic to pull the spark plug and inspect the ball joints.

Please donít hesitate to add input on what to check for.

Thank you.
No real weak spots mechanically (it's a Toyota), general condition and the frame rust would be my primary decision maker.

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