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    Default Calling all Fj Cruiser/Wrangler/Fortuner and Everest owners.

    Good Evening fellow community members.

    I've been stuck in this predicament for some time now and i cant seem to decide.

    I'm in the market for a vehicle. i have narrowed the search down to the following vehicles -

    Ford Everest 3.2 XLT 4x4
    Toyota Fortuner 2.8 gd6 4x4
    Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6 4 door
    Toyota FJ Cruiser.

    All above mentioned vehicles will be auto.

    Im not to fused about Fuel Consumption as this wont be a Daily driver. It will be a weekend toy/getaway vehicle.

    This is what i've come up with thus far,

    Ford Everest :
    1. Very Spacious
    2. Lots of torque
    3. Comfortable drive
    4. Interior is nice!!
    5. Not sure of off-road capabilities. I had a 3.2 ranger XLT which i was quite happy with. but i do want a SUV.


    Toyota Fortuner :
    1. Its a Toyota, very reliable. haven't heard much bad things about the gd6.
    2. Good resale value
    3. Parts are easily accessible
    4. Drives very well on the road.


    Jeep Wrangler Rubicon :
    1. The most capable vehicle on this list, off-road
    2. Plenty of modifications around.
    3. Fun to drive
    4. you can take the roof and doors off.


    Toyota FJ Cruiser :
    1. I feel like its a cross between a fortuner and Rubicon
    2. nice interior
    3. Strong motor
    4. like the look of the vehicle.


    I plan on adding bigger wheels, suspension, roofrack and steel bumpers to the vehicle.

    I definitely will be taking the vehicle on trails (weekend toy). As well as weekend getaways with my wife and two dogs. So space is a must.



    • Which one would you recommend and why?
    • Where would one find accessories for the FJ Cruiser?
    • What have you done to your vehicle to better off-road capabilities?
    • Do you regret buying yours?
    • What problems have you had with your choice of the 4


    Thanks Guys,

    your input is greatly appreciated. This has been a very hard choice for me, but im leaning towards the cruiser.

    I want to make sure i make the right decision, and wont regret it.

    I have driven all of the above vehicles.

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    Default Re: Calling all Fj Cruiser/Wrangler/Fortuner and Everest owners.

    FJ for sure.

    It is as you say the midway between Fortuner and Jeep.

    Prado under pinning so reliable and capable.
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    My choice would be FJ as well from the list, lots of accessories available, very capable and Toy will stop production in 2019. I have owned a FJ before and of all vehicles sold this is the one I regret most.

    Jeep Rubicon is a nice and very capable toy, the only downfall for me would be maintenance outside service plan which is mega expensive and Jeep’s value tumbles like crazy.

    The Everest and Fortuner is more inclined to a daily and tour vehicle than trail/toy.

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    I'm on my 2nd FJ so excuse me if I am a little biased I must add that I have used used a Wrangler for a few weeks in Dubai and have done a few hundred miles in one in Oman, mostly offroad, so I qualify to comment a bit.
    The FJ/Wrangler comparison has been over discussed amongst me and my mates(including two ex Rubi owners) and this is our collective take on things...
    Unless you - do grade 4/5 trails every weekend, hate Toyota and the look of the FJ or absolutely have to have a Wrangler with a star on the door then the FJ is the better vehicle for you.
    The FJ is closer to the Unlimited offroad than most people realise (or want to admit) and its is a lot better as a tar cruiser.
    Better in sand.
    The FJ is safer, and will be less likely to leave you stranded as its more reliable.
    Comes with a roof rack and easy to mount aftermarket rack.
    Standard 159L tank.
    General build quality is better.
    Back seats more comfortable.
    Its a Toyota - dealers/spares...
    Faster

    The 3.6 JK is a brilliant motor but needs to be revved, its pretty bullet proof and I have never heard of one konking, my one mate had a very irritating, intermittent wiring loom problem that took a while but was sorted under warranty.
    Its slightly better on fuel but not much(comparison tested)
    Can tow more than the FJ
    I disagree with some posts about resale and servicing costs - mates JK's out of service costs were almost identical to the FJ and the resale was very good IMO!! I do think that general spares will end up burning you though??
    It really is a lekka place to be on a trail!!
    I know some here said that the back doors are ok but IMO they can become flippen irritating with kids......also, a game viewer it ain't if you are sitting in the back

    Drive both then get the FJ!!
    PS. stay away from the Frod
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    First of all I would split those 4 choices into 2 groups: do you want a head purchase (Everest & Fortuner) or are you going with the heart (Jeep & FJ)?

    Doesn't sound like you are looking for a mom's taxi, so I guess Jeep & FJ might be top of the list?

    I don't know the Jeep and don't want to contribute to all the preconceptions of reliability and such.
    I do know the FJ a little and find it bags of fun. I think it got more range than the Jeep, due to the 2nd fuel tank since 2013, I take it you would buy new or at least a recent model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtshark View Post
    Drive both then get the FJ!!
    PS. stay away from the Frod
    This... And beware of social and sales pressure in making these decisions, it can cost you.
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    FJ every time. It’s an absolute great car and amazing toy!

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    Default Re: Calling all Fj Cruiser/Wrangler/Fortuner and Everest owners.

    I have a FJ and a JK. While I love them both, they serve different purposes. JK is my daily runaround and weekend toy. FJ is my wife’s run around and our touring vehicle. So without choosing one over the other, you need to weigh up your needs vs wants.








    ............. FJ certainly more comfortable.
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    The downside to the FJ are those stupid suicide doors.

    You can pick up a 2012 JK Unlimited Rubi for cheap these days, the 3.6 engine is solid and if it has a service history, not much goes wrong with them. Spares and service items are about the same price as Toyota, and also remember that the US is a HUGE resource for after market spares and service items.
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    Stan, I've gone through a pretty similar exercise recently and the FJ was high on the list, almost bought one. In the end I bought a Prado for the practicality.
    If the rear doors of the FJ is not a problem, go for it for all the reasons mentioned already. Clearly the difference netween a JK and an FJ is the one is ever so lsightly more off road biased and the other more on road. You decide which option suits you best.
    The Everest is sort of in the same league as the Prado, I'm just not a Ford fan so did not seriously consider it. But I'm sure it will be a contender.
    I had a Fortuner previously, (previous model) and it is a very nice practical vehicle though quality, trim and ride comfort not in the same league as the Prado/FJ. Don't know the new one at all.
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    Stan just go buy a Pajero Sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Stan just go buy a Pajero Sport.
    Havent even thought about it.

    I know the super select gearbox is fantastic, however im not a huge fan. i've owned the triton 3.2 and it was a fantastic vehicle. however in my opinion there's better cars out there.

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    Default Re: Calling all Fj Cruiser/Wrangler/Fortuner and Everest owners.

    Had to choose between the Rubicon and FJ too.
    Did not like the way most roofracks mount on the rubicon (Drill holes through the roof, or import a very expensive setup that bolts to the back of the jeep), and we do not intend to do big rock crawling so went for the FJ.
    Owned 2 Wranglers before in my life and i must say, i prefer the FJ.
    I have two teenage kids and the back doors have not once been a problem. Not sure why people say it is an issue but hey.

    Just my 2cents

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    [QUOTE=jelo;4040834]The downside to the FJ are those stupid suicide doors.

    Jelo

    Het jy al ooit 'n FJ Cruiser besit? Nie, jou vriend het een en jy het saam met hom gery of jy het een geneem om te toetsbestuur, nie.

    Besit vra ek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uysventura View Post
    Jelo

    Het jy al ooit 'n FJ Cruiser besit? Nie, jou vriend het een en jy het saam met hom gery of jy het een geneem om te toetsbestuur, nie.

    Besit vra ek.
    maak nie saak nie, hulle is stupid

    dis my opinie en ek bly daarby
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    I had an FJ and I agree with Jelo - the doors are stupid. It's a lovely vehicle but the doors disqualified it for my use, if you use it for game viewing - and especially if you also like photography - the doors are a deal-breaker.

    I now have a 76 Cruiser and for my use it is a far better car. 4 people can actually spend time in the car and they will all be able to see an animal next to the road. In the FJ, because the windows are so low, they were a big frustration for me in these sort of situations. I had the FJ for less than a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    maak nie saak nie, hulle is stupid

    dis my opinie en ek bly daarby

    Dankie vir jou antwoord.

    Bevestig maar net weereens dat jy niks van 'n FJ Cruiser (en meer) weet nie....

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMackay View Post
    I have a FJ and a JK. While I love them both, they serve different purposes. JK is my daily runaround and weekend toy. FJ is my wife’s run around and our touring vehicle. So without choosing one over the other, you need to weigh up your needs vs wants.








    ............. FJ certainly more comfortable.
    Stan. Wat my goeie vriend R Mackay hierbo sê is, bitter waar. Op die ou ent van die dag gaan dit maar oor jou persoonlike voorkeure, smaak, betroubaarheid, wat jy met die voertuig aan doen ens. Die JK 2 deur, veral die Rubicon, is baie nice en is ek persoonlik nie mal oor die 4 deur nie. JKs is baie nice, maar eks verkies die FJ Cruiser.

    Sterkte met jou besluit.

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    I would group the Everest and the Fortuner. Everest the next best alternative to a Prado, comfortable luxary allround suv, Fortuner the cheaper alternative, still a Toyota but with compromises to a Prado.

    The Wrangler and FJ goes in the same group. The Wrangler is built to do one thing and that it to put a smile on your face! Having owned one I can say that it is the vehicle out of about 30 that I really miss after selling it, yes its quirky but that is the charm. The FJ is like a Wrangler but without the stuff that makes the Wrangler exciting to own.

    The FJ looks cool and it is reliable squared but it lacks the Jeep fun/ cool factor. So it comes down to what you want from the vehicle.
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    How good is this.... to die for..... and in my garage by Sunday.

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