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Originally Posted by Thrift Vader View Post

FJ Cruiser

my father in law works for a defense company and so he likes to keep a low profile. One time, I met him for dinner in San Francisco. After, we're leaving and he shoots me a look like "don't say it". Turns out the car rental company gave him this bright blue FJ Cruiser, and he was mortified. Damn car stuck out like a sore thumb in that parking lot.
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post


my father in law works for a defense company and so he likes to keep a low profile. 

 

wut? what does one have to do with the other?

 

EDIT: nvm, i wouldn't want to blow anyone's cover...

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... The vendor goes (imagine in a Boston accent) 'you fuckin gonna order or what?' 

In Boston its actually more like "You Faackin gonna ...."  Grew up an hour south of Boston  visited a lot as a kid, and lived there for 7 years.  

 

Its still one of my favorite cities!  Its definitely got a lot of character and lots of nice cars for a small town.  Even back in the early 90s, lots of international students were driving M3s, Porsches, the occasional Lotus, and a few had Ferraris.  Today the flavor of the month there seem to be Masers...see lots of international students there driving Maserati GTs & Ghiblis (in addition to the usual German brands).  

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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

230hp for the 330, 235 for dat zhp.  The 325 makes under 185 hp but it doesn't feel as slow as it should. They both handle great and have very few problems.  Like the e36 before it you need to check on the rear shock towers every now and then and it still has a waterpump that fails like clockwork at 65k miles. 

Oh and plan on replacing the plastic covering the headlights.  Expect to replace interior trim pieces.   The nav screen will make you chuckle because it resembles an old Fisher Price toy.   Some pixels from the radio will have surely burned out.  It's crap anyway.  Throw an Alpine in there and change the display to orange and you are good to go plus you will add bluetooth and can still use the steering wheel mounted controls .  

If the wheels it comes with are shitty then make those your winter wheels and throw some blizzacks on them.  Find zhp wheels from the forums and make those your everyday wheels

Yeah I think it would make a decent big kid car. Maybe for residency from car max or something. My Subaru isn't worth sinking any money into, but I think it's solid for now given all the work done. It needs a tie rod and a wheel bearing though. I'll likely do it before putting on the winter tires.

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Originally Posted by double00 View Post

came so so close to pulling the trigger on an 2006 FJ couple of years back... the manuals are compelling since full time 4wd. they don't offer them new in the US as of last year but i think there is probably some new stock floating around...

problem is the earlier years had some bugs -  much has been made of the 'fender bulge' but imo the real issue is that the earlier years (2006-2008 iirc) only supported premium gas. i'm holding out hope to pick up a low mileage 2010-11-12 in a year or two. 

Didn't the fj suffer from poor aftermarket support given the low production numbers?
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

my father in law works for a defense company and so he likes to keep a low profile. 

wut? what does one have to do with the other?

EDIT: nvm, i wouldn't want to blow anyone's cover...

it's just part of the culture he deals with. don't talk about work projects, don't stick out, etc.
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

In Boston its actually more like "You Faackin gonna ...."  Grew up an hour south of Boston  visited a lot as a kid, and lived there for 7 years.  

Its still one of my favorite cities!  Its definitely got a lot of character and lots of nice cars for a small town.  Even back in the early 90s, lots of international students were driving M3s, Porsches, the occasional Lotus, and a few had Ferraris.  Today the flavor of the month there seem to be Masers...see lots of international students there driving Maserati GTs & Ghiblis (in addition to the usual German brands).  

Spot on, I love Boston. just didn't want to push the pronunciation online. Grew up in St. Louis, then 7 years in Atlanta, and 2 years in California. I wish I had Kevin Spacey skills.
post #25567 of 26272
The FJ i test drove was a 2013 in Orange. Mrs V would have got the Beige if we purchased. It was Auto. (Naturally) v6 engine. And i got to say, low rpm at cruising speed. With the ride height, baby seat friendly rear doors, and spill proof interior really made it a difficult car to pass on. They do have some aftermarket support. But who are we trying to fool here? It would only get wheels and tint. Being a family hauler.

Still keen on one. Like @double00, always down for a low mileage example as they get cheaper.

Jdm fuel is higher octane. Perhaps why the early ones only ran premium for you.
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If only E85 was more plentiful. It costs the same as regular in places that have, but they're all a few hours away. A few people in subaru groups in the area daily their cars on the stuff, which seems like such a foreign concept haha.

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If only E85 was more plentiful. It costs the same as regular in places that have, but they're all a few hours away. A few people in subaru groups in the area daily their cars on the stuff, which seems like such a foreign concept haha.

Let's talk after the auto cross buddy smile.gif. You're gonna learn a lot and have a blast. Pro tip - fill up right before getting there or you'll be paying 50 bucks a gallon.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

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.

 

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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.

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E85?  Isn't E85 shit for your engine?  Who wants all that ethanol?

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E85 is crap. Period.
But you can grow it.
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He should just get hydrogen. Whoops. tongue.gif
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Yes. He should.

"But the Miata forums said. . "

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Spending all that money to replumb your fuel system(well, yes. Old cars require it to do mods) just to run a fuel that shortens your engines lifespan?

If it is so hard to get. And you are just looking for octane? Buy barrels of fuel. If just for track days.
Edited by Thrift Vader - 10/5/16 at 12:32am
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Soz one of the mechanics at my indie claimed these are "really bad" for your engine.

Eats away at the fuel sock filter. Full of chemicals that damage the engine"" and so forth. I was all 'Well it's probably like a multivitamin and has like 11% of its claimed octane powers" and he's all insistent: 'Nope. Bad. Integer.'

I always use to add these to Sunoco 94 and pretend I was running jet fuel. ie he has ruined a longstanding halo/placebo effect for me, lol. Thoughts?

*also

Yeeeee. *i want that febi thing for my mancave, lol
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