Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #106

In keeping with the theme...


2006 Toyota FJ. I still don't know why this didn't do better than it did. With the storied FJ heritage, unique quasi-retro styling and Toyota name behind it, I would have thought this would have sold like crazy. From what I recall, the price wasn't too exorbitant, either -- certainly in line with other "fun-sized" SUVs like the Nissan Xterra and Honda Element.

Then again, Toyota has been pretty psychotic with pricing - I distinctly remember shortly after my son was born, when I was looking for an Explorer-sized SUV, I checked out Toyota and got one hell of a sticker shock. In 2001, when a low-end Exploder was going for low $20K (I got my Durango with third row seating, full power and a V8 engine for $22K), the 4Runner was selling for $38K. And it wasn't even that well equipped.

But the FJ Cruiser, well... When it was shown at the 2003 North American Auto Show as a concept, I was intrigued. When it was released in 2005, I wasn't yet in the market for a new vehicle, and in 2007 we found ourselves looking for a full-size pickup truck (and I've detailed my disappointment with the local Toyota dealer when we looked at the Tundra...). Now the FJ is gone, and I don't do used cars (*especially* SUVs/off-road/etc.).

Oh well; I'm sure there will be *something* down the road...

That is all.

8 comments:

David aka True Blue Sam said...

We bought a '78 Landcruiser new many years ago, so we looked at the FJ Cruiser when it came out. The visibility over your shoulders is terrible, and the back seat is darn difficult to get into and out of. If you have a wreck, the people in the back seat are going to be hard to extract. It really is a good 1 or 2 person car; not so good for a family. We went with a 4 door Explorer. We need to put new tires on the old FJ-40 and revive it.

Laura said...

i'm pretty bummed. this was going to be my next vehicle when the Sonata dies (in another 10 years).

and Nissan just killed the XTerra, so frame-on-body SUVs are done. :(

Nik said...

With regard to Toyota pricing, I don't see a lot of old Explorers on the roads anymore -- but old 4Runners are a different story. There's a bunch of those around; heck my lawyer owns and drives daily a 2003 that's got ~ 250,000 miles on it. Truck still looks like new. Running the numbers and what the sticker actually costs over years of ownership may make the Toyota the better deal -- unless you like changing cars/trucks every few years.

Armed Texan said...

I always had the impression that they were overpriced. Maybe that's because the Land Cruiser is way, way overpriced and the FJ was guilty by association. Checking online now, the lowest mileage used specimen is 3 years old and asking 37K. My guess is the it was low to mid 40s new. I would have to see it in person to decide if it was equipped right to fetch that much new.

Alternatively, I picked up a used 3rd generation Durango with a 5.7L for under 30K and it is perfect for the wife in snow and ice. It is usually RWD, AWD as needed and has a 4L switch for the worst situations. Plus it has some serious get up and go.

Laura said...

Armed, the base MSRP was in the mid-20s.

the problem was fuel economy and huge blind spots...plus it was quite polarizing. in a world where the CUV was becoming more popular, a true offroad vehicle just didn't have the attraction it once had.

hell, the last 5 years of production they couldn't get out of the teens in sales. depressing.

.45ACP+P said...

My vote is fuel prices. I think it was the wrong vehicle when price of gas went up. My company has one and it is my "go to" vehicle for snow duty. Nothing stops it; just like the Land Cruiser.

Laura said...

it was the most modern offroad-ready vehicle out there at the time...and yes, it's a total gas suck. it has no aerodynamics whatsoever.

and you have to admit, either you like it or you don't. it's hard to find people who are lukewarm on the tonka truck. :D

Anonymous said...

I always thought the Landcruisers were good stuff. (before my time)
Was rather excited with the reissue concept! "yay, they are back!"
Then I rode in one. WTH?! Good god, what a useless box! Really! As a back seat passenger, picked up from airport with a couple other people with only carry on. Shit for storage:( AWKWARD interior, crap exterior view. It was enlightening, at least.
ah well...
ps: humor! verification: click Kayaks- 1 pic ea of kayaks,canoes, Venice gondolas, misc stuff. NO- they meant click 'watercraft'... LoL
:)