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My brother was looking at the new FJ the other day and fell in love with it.

Will test drive it and wants one desperately. I like them a lot too and would consider it as a second vehicle but not for years yet. Has to be used for me to buy. Base price is about the same as the RAV here. Very surprised. Bro said it seems to be made for serious off-road. With some minor upgrades of course. Very capable.

Just thought I'd let you know.
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Hey Marc
New avatar is great!!!!........isn't that the bridge the US Postal Service missed when they were measuring!!!.... :wink: :roll:
 

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Think so. It's the Heartland Bridge and measures 1282 Feet.

Cool to see. Great in the fall with all the colors around.


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I'd take an 2nd gen Xterra any day over the FJ if I wanted a real SUV - better for offroading as its smaller on the outside (shorter and narrow than FJ) and bigger on the inside plus works great on the road too. FJ seems as fadish as the Hummer products - its popularity will fade real quick. Motortrend and Car and driver agree - Xterra is king :wink:
 

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Yeah you're probably right. Its popularity will fade just like its predecessor....the Land Cruisers of generations gone by.

NOT!

If it is as good as "they" say it is off-road then the X-Terra will be needing an upgrade very soon to keep up.

The world-wide success of the Land Cruiser or whatever they are called in other countries is unsurpassed by anyone. Hummer included. The Hummer (the real one) is quickly becoming the all-time ultimate off-road vehicle. Mostly due to its adaptability and versatility.

I know bigger isn't always better but off-road wider is much more sure-footed especially on inclines and stuff. It probably would come down to a personal preference so don't jump on me for the whole "wider is better" thing.

Anyway, Toyota's reputation will uphold I'm sure with the new FJ. "Hate it or love it,...underdog's on top." Don't know if it applies here but I'm confident the FJ will smoke the competition.

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Car and Driver: Rockhopping SUVs

1st place, Xterra:

Where our three other SUVs were a little too single-skilled — the H3 and FJ off-road, the Jeep on — the new Xterra proved talented at both. You can see it in the stats: It’s the shortest and narrowest of the quartet, a huge asset on narrow trails. It offers 9.5 inches of ground clearance, the most horsepower, a 7.0-second 0-to-60 time, the highest emergency-lane-change speed, and the best observed fuel economy.

On the Mengel Pass, the Xterra kept pace with the H3 and FJ, thanks to its locking rear diff, Bilstein shocks, BFG Rugged Trail tires, and three skid plates (plus a fourth guarding the transfer case). Its shifter was almost as slick as the FJ’s, with gentle clutch takeup and serene throttle tip-in. The view forward was superb, helped by a commanding driving position. Precise steering allowed the Xterra to hunt back and forth through boulders like a bloodhound on the scent, and when you needed to goose this baby up ascents, it leapt like a sports car. In a moment of exuberance, in fact, I pulled a Garlits-quality wheelie scrabbling up a 50-degree quartzite grade — the sort of chassis-bending caper Robinson had begged us to eschew.
3rd place, FJ:

As with the Hummer, the Toyota’s styling sometimes leads it down impractical paths. It is similarly fitted with gun-slit windows, a flat windshield that appears to be way the hell out on the hood, and a small backlight about 20 percent obliterated by the spare tire. What’s more, Toyota struggled to hide the second set of doors — the original FJ had just two — which resulted in a pair of clamshell “half-doors.” From the outside, they’re tricky to open; you have to fumble around blindly with your fingers to locate the latch. Worse, once you’ve crawled into the back seat, you can’t get out until someone opens the front doors. The rear seat is okay for three, but it’s plenty claustrophobic back there (note the 20-inch C-pillar, which also creates a blind spot for the driver), and it’s plenty stuffy back there, too, because the rear side windows are sealed for eternity.

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Alas, the soft suspension that was such a boon in the boonies — we’re talkin’ 7.9 inches of travel fore, 9.1 inches aft — induced wallow and roll on paved surfaces and in corners, where the FJ plowed and howled. In this quartet, the Toyota boasted the least lateral grip, and it generally felt a titch slow-witted and Hummer-esque as it swayed its way down the 405 freeway. In photos, the FJ looks about the size of a RAV4. It ain’t.
FJ ain't all that...
 

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Motor Trend voted the XTerra their 2006 SUV of the year. Then along came the FJ 8)

First Place = FJCruiser
Second Place = XTERRA
Third Place = Hummer H3
Fourth Place = Jeep Liberty

http://www.fjcruiserlife.com/photos/reviews/motor_trend/motor_trend_snowdog_1.jpg - 1
http://www.fjcruiserlife.com/photos/reviews/motor_trend/motor_trend_snowdog_2.jpg - 2
http://www.fjcruiserlife.com/photos/reviews/motor_trend/motor_trend_snowdog_3.jpg - 3
http://www.fjcruiserlife.com/photos/reviews/motor_trend/motor_trend_snowdog_4.jpg - 4
http://www.fjcruiserlife.com/photos/reviews/motor_trend/motor_trend_snowdog_5.jpg - 5
http://www.fjcruiserlife.com/photos/reviews/motor_trend/motor_trend_snowdog_6.jpg - 6
http://www.fjcruiserlife.com/photos/reviews/motor_trend/motor_trend_snowdog_7.jpg - 7 <--- if nothing else... look at this one 8)
http://www.fjcruiserlife.com/photos/reviews/motor_trend/motor_trend_snowdog_8.jpg - 8

I will say... the XTerra is a GREAT vehicle. I've never owned a NISSAN... but I have enough friends/relatives who have. :roll: I don't care for their overall quality after their vehicles age a few years.
 

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Car and Driver: Rockhopping SUVs

1st place, Xterra:

Sounds like it was a test drive for the X-Terra, not a real unbiased comparison. It isn't hard to tell who was the corporate sponsor that month for Car and Driver.

Hard to find real test results these days with all the big corporate payoffs going around.

You're post doesn't carry much weight due to that fact. You can tell where the bias lies just by the style of the writing. Too bad really.

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