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Hello All :grin,

I'm a new member located in New Jersey and joined the Forum to research the FJ to keep my enthusiasm and excitement alive in hopes of purchasing one. I'm most interested in a 2011-2014 TT/SE, A/T, 4WD which will be (or would've been) babied and kept in stock condition, with subtle upgrades. The FJ would never be taken off road and would be mainly used as a weekend car and the occasional Home Depot trip. The 4WD would only be utilized to get through the few snow storms we have here in New Jersey during my commute to work if need be.

After viewing as many of the discussions I could bare to read the past 4 hours, the glaring transmission "SHUDDER" problem or Nightmare for some is what's giving me doubt. :frown I could deal with all the nuisances, like the blind spot and lack of rear leg room but the transmission scares me a bit. :crying

Please someone, restore my enthusiasm and push me to make the leap! lol, (sorry for the boring/corny post)... I just really love these things but don't want it to turn into a money pit.
 

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Hi @FJ2345,
The issue that you mentioned has happened to very few vehicles, and is relatively easily & cheaply resolved by properly greasing the four driveline zerks, and replacing the transmission fluid. It is not an FJ specific problem, and the work can be carried out yourself or at any garage that you trust - in fact even if the problem doesn't exist, these things should be done as part of regular scheduled maintenance.
If these trucks are maintained correctly, they will last forever even if they are taking an absolute beating every day.
The general consensus on Toyota engineering (on their trucks & SUVs at least) is that they tend to over-engineer everything mechanical - this is why they have the reputation that they do for unparalleled reliability and resale value.
 

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What @amaclach so aptly said ^^ :rocker: Plus, the good so vastly outweighs the bad that if in the highly unlikely event your tranny does tank, you won't really mind cos it's your baby...just bein a baby for once :crbaby::grin
 

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Like all forums and reviews people tend to highlight issues because the forum is all about solutions. So this and other model specific forums probably give a disproportionate view of the amount of problems with a model. (Its the black, white and grey thing... yo notice the good and bad highlighted but the everyday ordinary "the grey" go by unreported and unnoticed).

Toyota has a worldwide reputation for reliability and longevity and as already said the cars that do have issues are few and far between. The downside of that is that they stand out from the crowd... here in the UK Land Rovers break down all the time... no one seems to notice or complain it's 'normal' but no one would accept it from their Toyota!
 

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Every car has problems. The FJs you are looking at will probably have some of the warranty still partially available or you can purchase an extended warranty. Don't get discouraged! A lot of us waited months or years to get the perfect FJ. It'll come along and all those worries will go out the window!
 

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I have a 07 with 110k. Just routine maintenance, plus rear brake pads, on the 3rd set of tires and an alternator a couple of months ago.

I don't see any reliability problems here. True there are people that have had transmission problems or have had to replace a wheel bearing. But those are the exceptions.
 

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Keep up with maintenance and you wont get any of the problems. I have an 07 and haven`t had any problems. It just flipped 133K on the ODO. You have to change the fluids in machinery every now and then to keep them running :)
 

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Some posts (opinions) are sort of like the world today. No matter what the topic is, there are folks who can find the bad in it. I am a new FJ owner and had some of the trepidations you are having. I wanted an FJ for a long time- and I also read lots of info. Some of the info scared me. In the end, buying my FJ was like any other endeavor in life. You have to keep your eye on the ball and close out the peripheral noise. If mine develops issues, I'll fix them. I believe it to be a rare case of finding an outright piece of junk with this vehicle. Best of luck!
 

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Here's What A Toyota Truck Looks Like After 1,000,000 Miles

Meet the One Million Mile Toyota Tundra Still with Its Original V8! - YouTube

Apparently he lost reverse at 770,000 mi, but it was repaired by the dealer, not replaced, and the sun visor detents are a bit worn now...
This is an awesome testament to a well engineered vehicle, and what results you can get by doing the basic preventive and required maintenance. The FJ is just as well built, and can deliver you the same results. I plan on keeping my FJ for a looooooong time.
 
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What blind spot? :huh: :grin 6 years, 48K miles, one rear drive shaft under warranty for the rear end bump. Still on first set of GY/Duratracs and has the original battery. Other than basic p.m. stuff, nothing. Lifetime keeper! :cheers:

Money Pit? Oh yeah... from all the mods and Adventures! :rocker:
 

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Agree, no blind spot.
I just got back from a trip starting in Los Angeles, going to Sedona Az, Moab, Utah, Tucson Az and ran past Glamis on the way back home and wheeled at every place. I didn't check but I'm sure I did well over 1,000 miles. Never once worried about it, oh and this was a rig with 35" tires and we were comfortable and the road noise wasn't even noticeable with the windows up.
I've had 2 Toyota pickups (both straight axle early 80's), 2 jeeps(CJ and a YJ), and 2 chevy trucks. Nothing else would do this kind of trip with me not even worrying for a second about making it and being comfortable.
If you just want to get groceries in the snow occasionally, maybe a Subaru might be a better choice? My FJ cranks the wheel on me and forces me to hit the dirt if I try to get groceries on Sundays.
 

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Thanks for all the great input guys! Enthusiasm restored!! YAY... No rush until I find the right one and post pics shortly thereafter... You guys are awesome.
 

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2008, 6MT, 100,000 miles. Just replaced the Panasonic battery in late 2016.

Zero problems whatsoever. Wait, the passenger side window rolls up more slowly than the driver side. That's the only "issue" that has popped up. I bought it certified used about 5 years ago, and the previous owner lived with it in Alaska.

Remember, the FJ is rated as one of the most reliable cars you can buy (consumer reports? Can't remember off hand). My advice (take it with a grain of salt cuz I don't know about the shudder issue)....learn about the shudder problem, be able to diagnose it, and then use that knowledge when taking your potential FJ on test drives. Also, if you're that concerned, buy a certified used FJ and make sure the transmission is included.
 
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