An professional’s view
Andrew Sacre, Proprietor, Jeepster: “The primary time we had [FJ Cruisers] in, my technician had an opportunity to take a look at them. They have been all three years previous or thereabouts – fairly low mileage – and my technician truthfully thought they have been nearly new. We haven’t had one single guarantee declare, not one subject. And so they’re good to drive, even after I’ve messed with suspension lifting and terrain tires. I bought one to Steve Grantley (of the rock band Stiff Little Fingers) and he says it’s the very best automotive he’s ever owned – and he has a little bit fleet of automobiles.”
Engine: Excessive oil consumption will be a problem. The oil rings don’t seal correctly over time and the oil passes via and causes burning points. The extent of oil will drop and require topping up. Additionally, black smoke coming from the exhaust shall be one other symptom of an engine that has oil burning points, so be sure the engine doesn’t smoke.
Look ahead to blow-by, too. That is the place the piston rings should not sealing correctly and air finds its approach via the gaps between the compression rings and the cylinder partitions. When inspecting an FJ Cruiser, begin the engine and take away the oil dipstick. Place your hand on prime of the dipstick pipe and if it blows a whole lot of air, then this engine has critical points. A small quantity of blow-by is regular, although.
The water pump may also develop leaks and the entrance and the rear crankshaft seals can leak oil. The oil strain sensor can develop glitches and also you may see some false alerts. The timing belt tensioner pulley can be identified to fail and this may trigger the belt to wobble. With a hefty naturally aspirated V6, don’t be shocked in case your FJ Cruiser averages round 20mpg – so brace your pockets for the petrol pumps.
Transmission: The gearbox is thought to be just about bulletproof. The one downside in some fashions was a transmission shudder that may trigger vibrations.
Inside: Toyota US recalled round 310,000 FJ Cruisers from the 2007 via 2013 mannequin years due to an issue involving the seatbelt retractors. The seatbelts for the motive force and entrance passenger are mounted on the rear doorways, and due to the inadequate power of the rear-door panel, cracks can develop over an prolonged time frame, particularly if the rear doorways are repeatedly and forcefully closed. If cracks seem across the decrease seatbelt retractor’s anchor, the retractor may loosen and detach.