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More than half of the vehicles in America are currently SUVs, and they are slowly taking control of the automotive industry. Manufacturers such as Toyota have even been making these SUVs for a while, with one of the past models being the Toyota FJ Cruiser, an off-road champion with remarkable performance.

Motorists have developed a liking for SUVs since they combine the comfort of a sedan with the spaciousness of a truck. However, just like any other automobile, even SUVs will eventually need to be maintained. The FJ Cruiser has had a number of maintenance problems, which would probably sway people who would like to purchase it.

Sales have been against the FJ Cruiser

A yellow Toyota FJ Cruiser parked on a platform in front of a manufactured forest scene.
Toyota FJ Cruiser | Juancho Torres via Getty Images

When the 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser was launched, it shook consumers with its stunning off-road performance. The car is equipped with a 4-cylinder V6 engine powerhouse that generates 239 hp and a torque of 278 lb-ft.

When compared to some of its competitors, the power generated by its engine is outstanding, which is the reason for its off-road performance. This model can also tow up to 5,000 lbs.

Also, the FJ Cruiser has a unique, rugged exterior style with a fairly spacious interior. It can accommodate up to 5 passengers, and it has a cargo capacity of 66.8 cu ft. It can also store up to 19 gallons of fuel, and it has a fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Cruiser models only went on sale from 2007 until 2014, when Toyota ceased production.

Despite having great qualities, demand for the FJ Cruiser continuously went down as it had a number of unsolved problems. This went on until Toyota decided to discontinue production.

The FJ Cruiser has critical transmission problems

According to CarComplaints, the number one problem that the FJ Cruiser faces is unsystematic shuddering when the vehicle is being driven between 35 mph and 45 mph. On average, this happens after the vehicle has been used for 105,000 miles, and it is caused by a faulty torque converter. It can be fixed by replacing the torque converter at a cost of $2,180, and it is also the main problem affecting the 2007 Cruiser.

Another transmission problem that has been reported from time to time with the FJ Cruiser is that the car will occasionally refuse to go into fifth gear. This is common after 67,500 miles, and it costs around $2,500 to repair.

Engine problems trouble the FJ Cruiser

Apart from having a faulty transmission system, the FJ Cruiser also faces a number of engine problems. First, after the Cruiser has been in use for at least 66,050 miles, the check engine light turns on and stays on, and the engine will sometimes misfire. Repairing this issue requires an engine replacement, which averages $8,000.

After 80,000 miles, the vehicle has also been reported to experience surges at a stop, and this may still require the owner to replace the engine. Surges are also a common problem with the 2007 FJ Cruiser.

The FJ Cruiser’s body has several complications 

Finally, the FJ Cruiser’s frame starts to rust after being used for an average of 112,900 miles, and this is another common problem for the 2007 model. Shortly after the 112,900-mile mark, the Cruiser’s frame starts to rust. Some complaints also show that the vehicle’s paint starts chipping after being in use for only 23,800 miles, and sadly, it isn’t covered under Toyota’s warranty. A professional paint job may cost the vehicle’s owner up to $5,000.

Some reports also show that after being in use for an average of 140,250 miles, the Cruiser’s gas tank straps may break, and replacing them costs $300. Many people would therefore agree that owning an FJ Cruiser is more costly than most vehicles.


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