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I'm looking to get an FJ for camping season. I pretty much ruined the paint on my G37 when I went camping last time. I was a little surprised that there was not much to specifically look for on a FJ. On my Infiniti forum there is always a couple of things to check for like common places for leaks and similar things. I am going to see a 2012 today with 115k miles. It should be stock other than some Falken tires. It looks like the drivers seat has a small tear and the front bumper has a little paint missing from the metal section in the middle. They are asking 24k and NADA value is 24,500. If anyone thinks of something I should check when I go check it out let me know!

I only have owned one toyota so far its my 1991 MR2 best car ever!
For a 2012 FJ there really isn't much to look out for that is specific to the FJ, the two relatively small issues with FJ's were fixed by 2010. So just look for normal car stuff: how much rust is there, does the 4x4 / rear locker work, any evidence of accident damage etc. If you're anywhere near Denver, I'd be happy to take a look at the truck in-person.

If you would like to private-message me a link, I'd be happy to take a look at the photos for you. For that price I'm assuming its a red / Trail Teams? Any mods?

p.s. big fan of the W20 MR2, it's one of the best looking cars of the 1990's along with the NSX, RX-7 etc. and the nice part with it being Japanese, easy to keep running. bought my 90's Japanese collector car a few years back
 

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Looking to buy my first fj... just joined here. Can anyone help. Many thanks
Read the first post on page 1 of this thread that you posted in :) then quote my reply here and let me know if you have any questions.
 

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Hello,
I'm looking to get an FJ for camping season. I pretty much ruined the paint on my G37 when I went camping last time. I was a little surprised that there was not much to specifically look for on a FJ. On my Infiniti forum there is always a couple of things to check for like common places for leaks and similar things. I am going to see a 2012 today with 115k miles. It should be stock other than some Falken tires. It looks like the drivers seat has a small tear and the front bumper has a little paint missing from the metal section in the middle. They are asking 24k and NADA value is 24,500. If anyone thinks of something I should check when I go check it out let me know!

I only have owned one toyota so far its my 1991 MR2 best car ever!
Check underneath for rust. Then, check underneath for rust. After that, just about everything on an FJ is pretty straightforward. Bumper scrapes are easy fixes by either replacing the bumper cover, or, an interior specialist can do a repair and it will look good as new. I always recommend taking to Toyota for pre-purchase inspection. It is just helpful to have another set of eyes on it. It is not a perfect process, but can be quite helpful.
 

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What an awesome post (#1). I wish I had read it earlier! I ended up buying a 2007 which my son now gets to learn to drive on and bought myself a 2013. Will post pics to profile.
Awesome to hear! Congrats!
 

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Hay , thanks for the great post.
I had a 2014 FJ manual with off road package that I had to sell in 2018 due a cash crunch. Now I’m back looking for one.
I found for 29K $ with 84K on it exactly the same one I had, but it’s out of state. I asked for undercarriage pictures.

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The body and interior look great, but should I be concerned with these?
Thank you
 

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I would say not super concerned with the frame rust, it's largely at the welds -- my own FJ in Colorado did this after 7 years -- and any of the smaller parts shocks etc that are showing rust can be upgraded or easily replaced. The rust at the lower shock mounts is a little concerning, but then mainly for the process of upgrading those shocks. Expect to have a few bolts be a little more sticky when trying to do upgrades.

Does anybody do rust mitigation where you live? Do you live somewhere where trucks rust? This may just be a case of buy it, clean it up as best you can then you'll never have the problem again.

Hay , thanks for the great post.
I had a 2014 FJ manual with off road package that I had to sell in 2018 due a cash crunch. Now I’m back looking for one.
I found for 29K $ with 84K on it exactly the same one I had, but it’s out of state. I asked for undercarriage pictures.
The body and interior look great, but should I be concerned with these?
Thank you
 

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I would say not super concerned with the frame rust, it's largely at the welds -- my own FJ in Colorado did this after 7 years -- and any of the smaller parts shocks etc that are showing rust can be upgraded or easily replaced. The rust at the lower shock mounts is a little concerning, but then mainly for the process of upgrading those shocks. Expect to have a few bolts be a little more sticky when trying to do upgrades.

Does anybody do rust mitigation where you live? Do you live somewhere where trucks rust? This may just be a case of buy it, clean it up as best you can then you'll never have the problem again.
Thanks for the response,

I live in Columbia MO, so I’ll have to look into that. Defiantly an upgrade is in it’s near future.

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