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My wife is not interested in my buying the FJ. She says we are not buying any vehicle that you can hose out. I have an 86 Avalon with 148,000 miles that I use for going to work and surfcasting the east coast for Striped Bass but I can't take it on the beach. Yes I catch and release fish and occassionally kill one so if you are a PETA Psycotic terrorist- too bad. My wife things it does not look appropriate for a 51 year old guy to drive around in it. My 14 year old thinks the FJ is very cool but would rather I buy a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO. My wife is a great woman but I need some good reasons to persuade her. I am already trying to figure out how to mount the rod and cooler rack on the front bumper.
 

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Okay, First of all, you do not want to put your teenager into an EVO, he will be pulled over so much it is rediculous, or he will get drunk and hit a tree, totalling the EVO. The FJ would hold up much better to popping the curb, lightly hitting a tree, bushes, etc.

Second, The EVO is a sweet car, but you are 51 years old, that is a Gen Y car.

Now, for you wife, just bring an FJ home someday, don't tell her, but buy her diamonds, so she won't be able to complain about the FJ. ;)
 

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My wife has mixed feelings. I just bought her a Prius (that was quite a search) and she absolutely loves it. Hell, so do I, at least for around town.

The FJ, on the other hand... well... she calls my collection of internet FJ photos "middle-aged man porn." And my habit of compulsively searching the forums for new info is "just sad."

Then again, she never had to dig me out of axle-deep gumbo in a national forest somewhere. A few hours of that and I'm sure she would understand.
 

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you shouldnt have to convince the wife to let you get one. she should have to give you a good reason why you shouldnt get one. saying that it isnt appropriate for you to be driving one is the most ridiculous reason ever.
 

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I'm not married yet, so I guess my advice is somewhat pointless. However, I am very experienced when it comes to the disapproving headshake. My fiancee gives it to me everytime that she paces by the comp. and sees me looking at a pic of the FJ or reading 100 post per day. So let me warn you, do not try to rationalize the purchase by explaining the benefits of mounting the rod and cooler rack to the front bumper. Women definately do not understand this language. I made that mistake by explaining how the back window opening upwards will allow me to just throw the surf boards into it without having to strap them in up top. This was swiftly met with the upside down smile...followed by the headshake. I've since got her to admit that she hates it and thinks it is an ugly looking "toy", which I used against her explaining to her that I am buying it because it is ugly so that I can keep all the women off of me. At any rate...my advice explain it in terms she can understand...like how there is extra cargo room for shopping bags when the seat is folded down.

Also on a side note...my fiancee read the post from bubba about how he was no longer going to look at this forum until after the new year etc. etc. She murmured under her breath..."I give him one week." Sure enough when I showed her his post three days later...she died laughing, gave me the head shake and walked off but not before she added, "crack addicts".
 

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I feel bad for those of you who have to get "approval". A year ago, my girl suggested that I start looking for a new vehicle and working towards paying off a couple of things (living room set, washer & dryer) and that she wanted me to consider a new vehicle so that I would have something reliable. She said that since I made more of the money, that I deserved to have something under warranty. So... my car search has been going on for awhile. The searching stopped when I saw the FJ Cruiser. Now her dad and I are both waiting for this thing to come out - he's 50-ish, and I'm 30-ish and we both want it badly. Our girls spoil us though. So...

I would look her right in the eye and with a pouty bottom lip ask..., "don't you want me to be happy?" That alone will probably work unless you pout a lot to get what you want.

I'm pretty lucky. I don't ask for a lot so when I want something - I can usually get it.
 

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I know how you feel but lucky for me my wife is the one that wants the FJ :D

Just freak out and dye your hair voodoo blue and mubble about mid-life crisis and ramble on about how you had nothing as a child and life is pointless without the FJ
 

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next time she asks you if she looks fat say no. then go and buy yourself the fj as a treat.
Then get used to the couch.

Or you could tell her that you feel like you are not a man as you climb out of the prius and that you have to have the FJ to reclaim your lost masculinity.

Honestly though, I would explain that you are desperately close to losing control of your 14 year old and that if you have an FJ it will provide an opportunity to do "family" outings together in the woods away from TV and video games providing your entire family unit with the closeness you need to ensure that your adolescent teen makes the transition to man-hood as a respectable human.

How could she possibly argue that logic?
 

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look at it this way. the lancer evo is a death trap for anyone just getting their license. he'll either crash it, blow the engine to smitherines or get pulled over so many times his license is revoked.

but honestly tell the wife that your little avalon isnt cutting it anymore and the fj is rebirth of a classic. if anyone should be driving it, it should be 51yr old men looking to relive the past. your reasons for buying it outweight her reasons 10 fold.
 

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Ask her if she likes cd's. If she says yes, drop your pants, point to the family jewels and ask, "see these nuts?" That's right baby... I'm the man, and I'm buying an FJ. Any questions?

No don't do that really... you might never get off of the couch.
 

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Percy said:
Honestly though, I would explain that you are desperately close to losing control of your 14 year old
She read this and said "He's talking about your inner 14 year old, right? Cause that's the only 14 we got and we've already lost control."
 

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Well, I tried to help us all out and fill the void by finding a remote controlled FJ that we could buy and play with while we wait for a bigger toy, but alas, there is not yet such a toy.

So, she's just going to have to let you have a real one. Don't feel bad. I get just as much hell from almost everyone I know for being such an ADDICT to this truck. What's going to really hurt is finding a support group when they release the pricing and it falls out of my range.
 
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do like I did...This isn't fool proof , but it's working so far....

-Start by putting the Fj on the wallpaper of your computer.
-tell her you are an "official member" of the FJ Forum...sounds good , huh!
-Rattle off useless facts about the vehicle -make it sound like you have done research
-show her pics of different colors and ask her what she likes
- call toyota saleman and leave you number so they call your house....this one is kind of tricky. be careful on this one.
-tell her she is on the waiting list to be the first to test drive this rig
-Tell her how sexy women are when they can handle big trucks

If all else fails, just grow a pair and buy the damn thing. you might be kicked out of the house, but at least you will have lots of room to sleep in your Fj !!
 

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Excellent advice. I like those tactics. It's the bold print that puts the ball in her court - proving you are sensitive to her desires as well.

And, yes, chicks with big trucks are ALWAYS hot. Maybe not so much once they get out, but definitely while they are driving them.
 

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Gee I guess I'm lucky my wife is pumped about getting the Fj and how we are going to get back in to camping and wheelin and by a new off road trailer to get up off the ground. Just tell you wife it's about the quality time that you'll spend together and how closer it will bring you as a family!!
 

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You need a new vehicle regardless so explain that it is an "amazing value", capable, versitile and COOL! I mean who doesn't like cool???? Do you have to stop liking cool after 40 or 50? No damn it, you don't! There hasn't been a vehicle like this (from Toyota, which is important) in more than 20 years.

If she is under the impression that it drives like a truck go test drive a 4Runner and you will get a comparable ride and will be amazed at how well it feels. I feel like I'm riding in a Lexus in mine and that is no exaggeration.


Also my down-to-earth doctor father-in-law who is in his late 50's is chomping at the bit for this truck. He just told me the other day that he can't remember ever being this excited about ANY vehicle. Its funny because he is sooo computer illiterate that I have to print pictures out and send them to him which he appreciates very much.


As a previous person posted, the question should be 'why should'nt I get one?'
And lastly my 11y.o. daughter likes it way more than my 4Runner.
 

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ToyBox said:
Do you have to stop liking cool after 40 or 50? No damn it, you don't! There hasn't been a vehicle like this (from Toyota, which is important) in more than 20 years.
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Toyota may have set out to market this for the young, but we all know better....I'm 33 and my dad is 60. We both think the same way about this vehicle. SIMPLY :cool: :cool: :cool: And for those who have been around to see the old fj's will appreciate it more than the young pups !!!

Its been a long time commin'
 

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My wife is pretty reasonable and doesn't like to be dictated or groveled upon. Yesterday morning I got an offer out of the blue to go see the Stones. I like the Stones, my wife doesn't. So I called the wife and said "Honey, I have an opportunity to go see the Stones tonight!" I didn't ask her if I could go. I didn't tell her I was going. I just made a statement with a little excitement thrown in.

It was a great show.

wader-dad you deserve the opportunity to replace that Avalon, especially if you've been driving it since '86.
 
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