Toyota Engineers Borrowed, Then Destroyed My FJ Cruiser **UPDATED**

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Toyota Engineers Borrowed, Destroyed My FJ Cruiser **UPDATED**

it or hate it, there’s no arguing the FJ Cruiser is pretty unique. some internals with members like the Land Prado, 4Runner, and Hilux definitely a capable off-roader as Combine those two things and if you something other than a it’s a decent choice. it’s kind of weird but every year Toyota Hino Motors in Hamura, cranks out an even more version of the FJ. Called the Trail Special Edition, it gets a unique color for the year, the white roof for a body one, adds some out trim pieces, TRD (stop TuRD!) wheels, BF Goodrich Tires, along with the FJ off-road package (suspension etc.). Here’s my 2013 in happier times:

It’s no but it is decidedly less clown-like the regular FJ, and Toyota only about 2500 of these a Some background:

The EPA requires automakers to perform testing on vehicles subjected to use. In order to do this, the will often request to customers cars to complete the which consists of putting the on a dyno for a couple hours the wheels at highway speeds gathering data on what spit out of the tailpipe. In return for generosity, the companies will a token amount of cash (a hundred bucks), a free of gas, a wash, and a loaner their vehicle is in use. It all pretty safe. After if you’re going to let anyone your car, you can’t get safer than the manufacturer

Well, here’s where went a little sideways. a week after loaning my to Toyota, I received an odd call an engineer at their Tech in Ann Arbor, MI informing me there had an incident with my vehicle. had put the FJ on the dyno, spinning the rear for about two hours at 60mph. No except for one more fun fact the FJ—well, specifically a manual FJ: It’s full-time 4wd. So for two the FJ was humming along spitting out EPA gasses while at the same the transfer case was reaching a somewhere close to the sun’s. An mistake maybe from a party or even MAYBE a but by the manufacturer’s own engineers? After all manufacturers in number of vehicles last year, it kind of you wonder what’s going on the normally reliable company.

So what happened next? question. Here’s what offered:


Below is a of the offer currently waiting action.

1) An offer of a replacement vehicle one currently in dealer stock. You only have to pay the difference in of the two vehicles minus the three items on your purchase of $460.00, $674.00 and $60.00. A new will have to be obtained for amount plus the payoff of current vehicle. If you cannot a vehicle of your choice, we will :

2) Repurchase your for your total cost. No fee will be assessed. One check be made to pay off the bank for $24,308.51 and one to you for $11,261.69. TTC also stated would reimburse you $500 for speakers and iPod holder in a check.

I will follow up on the we discussed during our phone

Toyota FJ Cruiser

a)How would taxes and fees be handled in option #1

b)Clarify the statement to pay the difference in of the two vehicles

c)The interest on your current loan is You would like consideration for interest rate

Thank you for consideration

First of all, I get happen. Toyota has agreed to the vehicle, which I respect, but how do you a Special Edition model of a color? Set aside the obvious of whether an automaker’s own engineers understand their vehicles enough to test their own safely. This is a situation an automaker reached out to me, a customer, me to volunteer my vehicle to help out. Then that turned around and broke it. I think that in a situation this, where the automaker’s is on the line, that they want to bend over to right that wrong in the eyes, right? The 2014 Teams FJ seen here is a loud blue, and not something feel comfortable driving day. I mean, I purchased the specifically because of the color I waited months for it), so is it too to ask for Toyota to paint one for me to replace I no longer have? Or should I take the money and run far, away from Toyota and engineers?

UPDATE: After some back and forth, in a few weeks be taking possession of a 2014 Teams Ultimate Edition FJ. only owe the balance of my current and end up with a vehicle that a couple grand+ more mine. I’m hoping the is a little more muted the pics I’ve seen so far, but at worst, I end up having my truck free for a year. is even picking up the tab for the few upgrades I Since this article was I’ve been dealing Toyota Motor Sales Offices in Torrance, CA vs. their office, and they’ve been accommodating. Thanks, Toyota!

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