Originally Posted by ridethecliche
Didn't the fj suffer from poor aftermarket support given the low production numbers?
tbh i dunno - what do you mean aftermarket? they just stopped shipping to US 2 years ago and they still make FJs for certain markets afaik. plus they share a bunch of components with i think the prado (australian suv), tacoma, 4runner...
i'd also throw in the Lexus GX460 as i think it also shares the base but i'm not 100%. that's another body-on-frame legit 4x4 but i've never found a bargain so haven't test driven it. but i think it also uses the same full-time 4wd diff as the FJ and Land Cruiser/gx470.
oh but that reminds me: a quick story: i killed my dad's mazda 626 with an aftermarket part. i was home from college and wanted to take his car out to see some friends and he was like "okay but you need to go get this part for me. MAKE SURE IT LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE THIS. lol so of course i go get the part and it doesn't look anything like his mazda part (it was a part of the fuel system - had a carburetor, this was an '85 iirc). i even had the original and told the guy no it's wrong and he goes well that's what we have.
so i bring it back and he goes "no no no i told you..." and somehow i convince him, no look here's the connections they just engineered it a little differently but it'll work. lol. and he's a REAL ball buster but for some reason he buys what i'm selling...
...so i take the car out and get it about 3 blocks and of course it stalls. never to start again. i felt bad but honestly i think he was ready for a new car after 285,000 miles in that manual 626.