A salesman talked me into this heap. I like to offroad and he told me all sorts of crap about other makes and models, so I bought it. It"s like a coffin inside. Very dark. No sunroof. Bad interior lighting. Hummer H3 and Jeep Wrangler are both more capable off-road. Plus, you can barely see out of it. And now the windshield is cracked cause of poor 'flat' design.
Make something more useful. Something you can see out of that doesn't give you depression because of the darkness inside cabin. It's kinda ugly too.
Great looking car inside and out, rides like a sedan, but I got a lemon, 2 weeks after purchase the transfer case had to be replaced, the past 4 months the transmission slips in gears 1 through 3, and the engine stalls while driving less than 5 mph, note it's an automatic transmission. Its been in the shop 3 times for the stalling and the transmission, Toyota claims they can't find the problem, looks like I have to consult the lemon law.
Tank like design, You sit far from the windshield, Great in snow even with all seasons, off road ability(I've actually done so), headroom and legroom, I'm 6'5", audio system is pretty good love the sub woofer switch, has a nice growl with an intake
wind noise above 30 mph, exhaust is constantly droning, rear visibility (i have a backup camera though), the fact that i got a lemon and my Toyota dealer is negligent, back seats are made for small dogs, not even humans, wish it came stock with all terrains, all seasons wear fast with 4wd turned on
If you want comforts (e.g. leather, carpet, DVD), the FJ is not for you. Great recreational vehicle for camping, able to load up quite a bit of equipment with the seats folded down Note: one aspect I don't like is when folded down, the rear seats remain higher than the rear cargo area. That is, they are not flush. This makes it awkward to load/pack/carry some items. Fuel consumption roughly 17-18 for highway driving. Not as bad as I'd expected. The FJ sits high on the road, making it great for the rare occasions you may need to go through water or snow. Biggest complaint, despite the great exterior design, the windshield is nearly vertical. I had numerous ding from stones, etc
Styling. Simple interior is easy to clean (even hose out if needed!). Has been extremely reliable. Sits high, great clearance. Roomy interior. Aux audio jack.
Windshield is nearly verticle, catches many stones that cause chips and/or cracks. This will be a problem for the life of the car. Would like rear seats to fold down flush with the rear cargo area. More interior compartments for storing items out of site (e.g. ipods, GPS, etc.)
This is my 5th Toyota truck over 26 years, which like the previous 4Runners (2) and Tacomas (2), is used to get me back and forth from drilling rigs. It is used to get through deep mud, heavy snow and generally drive down rig access roads that other drivers would call off-roading.
Rock solid reliability. Is there anything else? It scrabbles out of mud holes easily and starts on the first attempt every time even at -40C.
The gas mileage is awful. Changing the stock tires for something more functional only makes it worse. The flat windshield seems to attract rocks. There is no inside latch for the rear door which would handy if the truck ever flips. Visibility, especially in town, can be a problem.