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To avoid or not avoid the 07-09?

I'm on a search for an FJ and have been combing the internet till my eyes cross and then do it again. In my search, I have tried hard to avoid northern vehicles where salt/rust may be an issue that's not to say a coastal area wouldn't. I'm not so worried about miles since these are tough Toyota engines. I did learn that there was and engine modification in 2010 (4v/cyl and regular gas), that said, should I concentrate my efforts only on the 2010-14? Any noticeable real world negative in owning a pre-2010 model? Do you think there is more value in owning the older models vs the lower mileage, albiet more expensive newer model?

Also found a 2013 TT w/ 72K for $30K - Good deal?
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Re: To avoid or not avoid the 07-09?

the later engine has less torque, but slightly more hp

go down to post #15 in this thread to a list of the changes year x year for your reference
https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/foru...refer-why.html


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Re: To avoid or not avoid the 07-09?

The only HP boost of meaning for the 1GRFE is a SC or a stroker crank, rods and pistons. Both cost similar big bucks.

I have 328K miles on my 2007 - if that tells you anything...LOL
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Re: To avoid or not avoid the 07-09?

My 08 has plenty of power, Id pay more attention to lack of things like back up cams, but Im a noob


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Re: To avoid or not avoid the 07-09?

If I found a clean, well maintained 07-09, I would definitely buy it. I don't see a reason to stay away from them
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Re: To avoid or not avoid the 07-09?

If you intend to go off road with any seriousness, you may want the more robust 8.2 inch rear diff in the 2010+... but it is not mandatory, plenty of 07-09s have been wheeled. Just something to consider.
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Re: To avoid or not avoid the 07-09?

No problems with the cheaper earlier models IMO.
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Re: To avoid or not avoid the 07-09?

I was in the same boat trying to make that decision. It really is a 10k+ decision.

With that said, for what I want to do with it, I decided on a super clean 07 with low mileage. They're out there, but you do have to get a little lucky. I still can't believe I found an 07 with 68k miles that doesn't look like it was wheeled 2 miles from my house at a dealership. Granted they had it over priced and I negotiated down to $16,750, but I feel like it was a better financial decision than spending 30k+ on a newer model.

It'll run another 200k easy. I don't need a serious rock crawler. I need a vehicle to get me in and out of the back country and deal with snowy mountain roads and rocky desert terrain. This should do the trick.
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Re: To avoid or not avoid the 07-09?

My 2008 Sandstorm Off-road Edition AT still running like a champ.
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My 07 now at 167k is a superb hardcore rockcrawler and in-town limo Favorite all-time vehicle...07s rock!



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