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Hello, I am looking for some insight into buying an FJ here in the DC/VA/MD area. I have found one in Newark, DE but after going to the dealer and seeing a the holy grail of rust on the undercarriage it kinda worried me. I know rust is a normal thing here with all the road salt, but what exactly is excessive rust? There was peeling and flaking everywhere.

The other major issue was the vehicle had an accident on the carfax but did not specify what exactly occurred and the dealer said they did not remember at the time of purchase. The vehicle drove well, possibly needing new brakes in the rear and all 4wheel drive and diff engaged smoothly. The rear diff breathers did look a bit cracked and broken apart, which I think could allow water to seep in, no way to tell unless draining the diff oil. A few things the dealership tried to tell me was it was priced high because it was heavily modified, which only had spacers and stiffer rear springs and the dealer couldn't tell me what brand anything was spacers, springs or rear shocks. The front coil-overs were stock. It did have aftermarket front and rear bumpers. But I'm unsure if it's worth what the price they are asking, especially not knowing the accident history. I am hoping someone on here has seen
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newarktoyotaworld.com/search/used-toyota-fj-cruiser-newark-de/?cy=19711&md=303&mk=63&tp=used
 

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My $0.02

1- Rust is a problem if you plan to keep it for a while.

2- Accident history may or may not be a big deal. Mine has an accident. A drunk dipsh*it made an illegal left in front of me and basically tore the plastic front bumper cover off my FJ. After replacing a few plastic parts, it’s as good as new.

If the dealer will allow, take it to a collision specialist and have them figure out the extent and quality of work it’s received.

3- $28k for a 2012 isn’t crazy assuming it has low-ish miles and runs well and you like the mods it comes with

Dan
 

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There’s a real good guide on here that somebody posted about buying 2nd hand FJs but I don’t remember the thread right now. Can somebody help?
 

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Little update, my wife and I did purchase the FJ. We took it to a place and had it inspected. All result came out good. Super happy with it, the wife use to have a jeep and I managed to convert her. Now we're a pure Toyota family as I have a 2014 Trail 4runner (outbreak) on T4R.org.
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