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anyone seen the new FJ Cruiser?

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by 91whiskey, Mar 13, 2006.


  1. 91whiskey

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    This new toyota, the fj cruiser, was secheduled for release march 2006. I'm an old land cruiser fan and I think I'll love this new rig but I haven't actually gotten to see any more than what's on the web.

    Has anyone seen it at their local dealer, please convey your thoughts on this rig.
     

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    Being a K5 Blazer and Bronco fan I was really excited about the FJ coming back. Looks pretty good but I won't buy one because there is NO V8 option.;g
     

  3. epsylum

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    I saw one at a car show. I was impressed (except for the color they had ;0). It is based on a modified 4 runner chasis and has the new V-6 from the tacoma (260ish hp IIRC). Locking diffs front and rear are availible as well as a six speed manual. It comes with some rather meaty tires from the factory (bigger than any stock Jeep I have seen) and is supposed to be very low priced for what you get.

    If I had a need for one and I hadn't just gotten a new cr I would be VERY interested.

    This is Toyotas attack on Jeep Wranglers and Nissan Xterras.
     
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    Looks like my type of toy...if I can only get my wife to pay for it!;f
     
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    It's a 4runner with different skin
     
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    eat the eat!

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    Looks pretty capable offroad, but I think it's FUGLY as hell. ;0

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    C'mon, anyone actually laid hands on one? Any test drives? All I've seen is a few pics and even with those I don't know if that was the concept car or the actual production model.

    forgive me for not going to my local dealer and inquiring about this vehicle but I'm in iraq right now. Need to buy a vehicle when I get home. I think the FJ cruiser might be the one for me!
     
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    Well I kinda like FUGLY! I'm used to it, I drive a '88 Isuzu Trooper II. Looks like a box with windows and wheels. It'll go anywhere I point it though! I'll keep my options open on the Cruiser.
     
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    I don't think it is officially out yet. At least the last time I talked to my Toyota Tech buddy, it wasn't.

    I think it would be a safe bet that it is at least half way decent since it is a Toyota. They don't seem to be making any dumb moves lately. Even that butt-ugly Scion xB seems to be selling (I thought for sure that was going the way of the Aztek).
     
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    I agree EP, Toyota (and many of the Japanese) companies are making good decisions. The Scions are a perfect example: a low priced, reliable and 'customizable' car is obviously going to have great appeal to the F&F crowd who can't afford europes "entry level" offerings...
     
  11. epsylum

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    I forgive Toyota for the xB because they released the tC. The tC looks sweet, too bad I don't fit in it. I test drove one and my knees were in the dash with the seat all the way back. Good thing the 'Rolla is WAY bigger on the inside than it looks.
     
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    Did anyone realize the FJ requires 91 octane?;P
     
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    No, I didn't know that! Why does it require 91 oct? Where did you find this out?
     
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    Got my latest issure of Road and Track in they did a head to head comparo with the Toyota, Hummer H3, Jeep grand cherokee, and Nissan Xterra. Looked at the specs and it states that the FJ requires 91 octane. Maybe because of the compression ratio?
     
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    10:1 compression, so yeah thats probably it...although most modern engine management allows you to drive with less octane than that with no real side effects other than less power.
     
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    My Corolla XRS is somewhere near 11:1 compression ratio so all it ever gets is Shell premium.

    It sucks having to pay around $2.70 a gallon right now, but at least I am averaging high 20's mpg city driving.
     
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    i'm suprised though, i figured it'd have the V6 from the tacoma, or does it and I'm clueless? I guess I dont understand making an 'affordable' suv that needs more than 87, but toyota must have their reasons.
     
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    I pretty sure it is, but remember the Tacoma has a newer more powerful 4.0L V-6 now (236 hp @ 5200 rpm & 266 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm). That new power has to come from somewhere. The Toyota website doesn't tell if the Tacoma V-6 requires 91 octane.

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    The website states that it is the 4.0 V-6 in it but it says 239hp and 278 ft/lb for the FJ. Maybe the FJ has a slightly higher compression ratio than the Tacoma.
     
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    that might be it then. bump the comp to get the numbers higher. I wonder how just parts binning the v6 from the tac would have helped the MSRP?




    On a side note, I think a Tacoma/etc with a small turbodiesel would be awesome, like they've done outside of the US for years.
     
  20. epsylum

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    I am sure it would have saved some, but there is one thing I have learned about Japanese vehicle manufacturers, they can't just share parts exactly the way they are. If it is an engine, it has to be just slightly different in some way. I don't know why, but that is what they seem to do.

    My brother has run into this on his GSXR-1100. He has 3-4 different engines from different bikes that are the same base 1127cc engine. As he tries to swap parts there are tiny little differences that won't allow some of the part swaps to happen, including the engine cases on some of them.

    Usually the one thing that gets changed depending on application is the cylinder head. I bet the FJ and Tacoma have different heads too.