I can be completely effusive about the ownership of this vehicle. It served in so many ways to be a real champion for me and my wife. First off we loved the design and its modern rendition on the original FJ. Second was the practicality of the interior material with the neoprene floor and textile seating. The layout was great and while the suicide doors were a little difficult for accessing an adult it was a small price to pay. The engine is solid and extremely durable. Stereo was the upgrade and worth the extra option. The automatic and steering gear is first rate. The manual four wheel drive is a little cumbersome for around town but lets not forget that this is the real deal off road machine so in that context it is a winner. The rear parking sensors were a must as the back up camera was a nice feature the size of the screen in the rearview mirror was a little impractical. However, we found the mirrors to be appropriately sized to assist in the practicality of all maneuvers.
I bought my first FJ about 18 months ago from the original owner with 160k miles. I put about 15k on this past season. I run Michelan tires on it and it handles very well. I had to replace the alternator ($400) but other than that, just gas and a change of oil. The longevity of these SUVs is becoming epic. I have talked with owners with 300k+ miles and they just rave how little maintenance the machines require. The interior materials are sparten in some regards but superior for wear and tear.... They are simple, easy to drive, comfortable and pretty safe with all the air bags... These units do have blind spots but can be overcome with a little practice and a fish eye mirror on either side. I bought a '14 with 37k miles because these puppies are going up in value and I always keep my cars forever so I wanted to "reset" the odometer. Toyota upgraded the engine and transmission a couple of years back so now I will have a little extra "umph". The 07 doesn't have some of the upgrade tech that I have on my '14 like the rearview camera and bluetooth..., I have owned many vehicles, from my '86 four wheel drive Bronco, to a standard Ford pick up, to my all wheel drive GMC Denali with Quadrasteer. From a Lariat f350 dually with the 7.2 diesel, to 4x4 Rangers, not to mention Porsche, BMW, 65 and 67 mustangs and a 57 chevy hardtop (wish I still had the last 3)....This FJ may well be the best investment (which is an oxymoron) out of them all.
It is a great off road vehicle as well as a great highway vehicle. I have owned over 50 new vehicles in my lifetime pretty much covering the gambit of cars and trucks. The FJ is the only one that has actually appreciated in value rather than deprecated. I am a car junkie and every time I see something new that I get excited about trading the FJ for, I change my mind. There’s nothing out there that can compare with the FJ. It’s looks are unique and it rides as well as any car I have ever owned. I go off road with a group of other FJ owners about once a month. We allow a few Jeeps in the group, and they all wish they had an FJ. Jeeps are really pieces of junk compared to the FJ. I have 21000 miles on my 2014 and there’s not even a rattle. The visibility problem that some FJ owners complain about is easily solved with a couple of fisheyes on your mirrors. I’ve never had a problem with visibility. I love the fact that the FJ is relatively low tech. It has a backup camera, Bluetooth, and cruise control. Power seats would be the only thing I would like. I’m a cyclist and I can throw my road bike in the back which I do a couple of times a week. I get an email once a month from my local Toyota Dealer wanting me to trade for a new 4Runner. I keep telling him that will never happen. The FJ looks better and is worth more money once you drive the 4Runner off the lot. I’ve already been offered $5000 more than I paid for it.
Bought this as a third car. Manual transmission, so ONLY ME driving! Had a previous FJ Cruiser (2014 w/ 37,000 mi) that was totaled in an accident (NOT my FAULT!) Expect the vehicle to hold it's value and can be turned over to another family member...EVENTUALLY! ALWAYS garaged!!
Look at the reviews for this vehicle and do research before you jump in to buy. Although this vehicle looks cool on the outside you will notice safety issues once you start driving, just to name a few: you have reduced visibility to the left and right sides while driving and you can't see some of the smaller vehicles, also the driver seat is too low, I had to put 3 layers of cushion on the seat to raise me up so I could get a better driving view and I'm not short at 5'7, I strongly urge you to test drive this vehicle not just for 15 minutes but rent it for at least a week to see if there's things you don't like. It's not for everyone. Update: I have not taken a long trip with this vehicle yet but if I do I'll give you my opinion.