Published on June 17th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Toyota discontinued the FJ Cruiser, but it is in demand today
The Toyota FJ Cruiser was derived from the body-on-frame Toyota Prado TZ platform but with a shorter wheelbase and length, was developed as a no-compromises off-road vehicle that evoked Toyota’s original FJ40 from the 1960s. After an eight-year run, Toyota pulled the plug on the vehicle with a special edition for the 2014 model year. (pictured below is the original classic Cruiser that now can sell for as high as RM80k)
Remember, Toyota Motor is a volume carproducer, so when the numbers do not add up, they will stop production. The FJCruiser was a hot seller at first, moving more than 56,000 units in each of itsfirst two years. Sales then dropped off quickly, to just under 12,000 in 2009and less than 14,000 in 2011 and 2012 combined. It never again broke 15,000 insales before being discontinued after the 2014 model year.
The FJ Cruiser uses a 1GR-FE engine which isa 4.0-litre quad-cam V6 producing 380Nm of peak torque at 4400rpm and 276PS ofpower at 5600rpm.
Part-time 4WD, electrically operatedrear-differential lock, active traction control and some of the best groundclearances in the Toyota range: 36-degree approach, 29-degree ramp over and31-degree departure angle all contribute to the rough and ready Cruiser’s roughtrail credibility.
Independent front suspension and awell-located solid rear axle offered plenty of articulation for trail driving.An electronic locking rear differential, nearly 10 inches of ground clearanceand standard skid plates could be augmented by off-road options, including theTRD and Trail Teams Special Edition packages.
Inside, the FJ Cruiser mixed function andcomfort, giving you water-resistant cloth seats and rubberized floor mats onthe one hand, and a slew of modern tech and safety on the other. Side curtainairbags, Vehicle Stability Control, and a six-speaker audio system withBluetooth and iPod connectivity were standard. An available rear-view camerawas a big help for the visibility-challenged FJ Cruiser.
Produced in Japan by Toyota’s trucksubsidiary Hino Motors since 2006, the FJ Cruiser was not officially sold inMalaysia at all, however some examples have been privately imported over theyears and with many Malaysians loving it. The construction, oil and gas,farming industry tycoons loved it as an alternative to their large and common tosee everywhere Toyota Land Cruiser.
Today, used car values have made the FJ agood value buy f you can afford its road tax and fuel gulping. Yes, this ‘rugged’Toyota can be yours from just RM105,000 for the 2011 model to a high RM140,000for the last model in 2014 with some goodies attached to it.
Try and not buy a unit for East Malaysia asit would have been used off-road. Also, check under the carpets in the cabinand also in the boot to look for flood water damage. Original paint is a bonusas it promises an accident free FJ and low mileage with service records toconfirm would mean it was the 3rd or 4th vehicle in thehome.