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 copy of the offer waiting your action.

1) An of a replacement vehicle with one in dealer stock. You would have to pay the difference in MSRP of the two minus the three added on your purchase contract of $674.00 and $60.00. A new loan have to be obtained for this plus the payoff of your vehicle. If you cannot find a of your choice, then we :

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

I will follow up on the issuess we during our phone call.

Toyota FJ Cruiser

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

the statement to pay the difference in MSRP of the two

c)The interest rate on current loan is 1.49%. You like consideration for similar rate

Thank you for your

First of all, I get it—accidents Toyota has agreed to replace the which I respect, but how do you replace a Edition model of a specific Set aside the obvious question of an automaker’s own engineers should their vehicles well to test their own products This is a situation where an reached out to me, a customer, asking me to my vehicle to help them Then that automaker around and broke it. I would that in a situation like where the automaker’s reputation is on the that they would to bend over backwards to that wrong in the customer’s right? The 2014 Trail FJ seen here is a pretty blue, and not something I’d comfortable driving every I mean, I purchased the 2013 because of the color (actually, I months for it), so is it too much to ask for to paint one for me to replace what I no have? Or should I just the money and run far, far, from Toyota and their

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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