My 2012 Radiant Red FJ is one of 2500 made. Its in mint condition. What do you think it would be worth in 10 years if I can keep it in this condition?
Agreed!! I think being careful with it in hopes that you can sell it later is dumb. Drive it because you like it. Have fun with it. Use it for what its meant for and don't worry so much about what you paid for it or how much its worth or you'll never get the enjoyment out of it you need to. There's an awesome story behind all (well, most) of the scratches and dings on my FJ and that has more value to me than money.But if you want to keep the FJ because it's awesome and you can run over stuff and hand it down to your grand kids, totally do that!
For guidance on what will happen to FJ prices over the next 10 years, I look to one of my other cars: Honda's S2000.My 2012 Radiant Red FJ is one of 2500 made. Its in mint condition. What do you think it would be worth in 10 years if I can keep it in this condition?
While this is true for a very small number of pristine examples from no-rust states, you see well restored examples every day in the $20's. I'd buy any one of the number of $8-12K examples and add fuel injection, power steering and a new paint job. At that point, you're still in the low $20's. What's the extra $20K for, original paint? Meh.2) OEM FJ40s MINT go for above 50 to 70k.
^Not more than it is now. The FJ Cruiser is nowhere close to being a classic. The reason its worth a lot now is because they're still relatively new, so people are willing to spend a little bit more to get one before its old/worn out. There were a whole lot of fj's made. They're not rare by any means.
What does that have to do with anything?^
They are way way more rare than the Jeep Wrangler.
2006 56,225 80,271
2007 55,178 119,243
2008 28,688 84,615
2009 11,941 82,044
2010 14,959 94,310
2011 13,541 122,460
2012 13,656 141,669
2013 13,131 155,502
2014 ? 175,214
These are US numbers and do not include Canada.
for 50k plus they have taken it apart piece by piece and put it back in original factory shape. Every single screw/nut/bolt is new (no painted on stuff). It looks like it rolled out of the assembly line.While this is true for a very small number of pristine examples from no-rust states, you see well restored examples every day in the $20's. I'd buy any one of the number of $8-12K examples and add fuel injection, power steering and a new paint job. At that point, you're still in the low $20's. What's the extra $20K for, original paint? Meh.
Once you get too close to $50-70K the ICON FJ40's start to look affordable. Would you rather have a $50K original FJ40 than a $50K FJ UTE from Redline Land Cruisers (which is based on the FJ 80 frame/drivetrain)? If I'm going to actually wheel it, I want the UTE for the V8, fuel injection and factory lockers.
^What does that have to do with anything?
lol. Prepare to be disappointed.^
It's a comparable utility vehicle. It's available in the US and there is really nothing else to compare the FJ to.
While not a hand full of produced examples, say like 2500, the FJ is a fairly limited production vehicle that should increase in value. Considering I spend 2 months out of the year, every year traveling the US attending collector car auctions I feel like the FJ will go up in value or maintain it's current value.
Lets not get into the cost of money now vs. the cost of money in 10 years and inflation rates OK :wink