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  • #27844
     Anonymous

    On March 31st 2006, I was on my way to trade the 2004 4Runner for a Prius and saw the FJ there on the show floor. 60 minutes later I was drove home from Carmax of Laurel with a Sun Fusion MT6. I just couldn't resist. Now I have mod fever and its quite painful. I have performed a few modifications  such as adding a CAI, MAF Skids, MAF rockers, the bumper light install and a bunch of really dumb adds on such as rear door netting and rear cargo area cover (total waste). I haven't been off road in any real capacity but will evenutally make it out. I am looking to upgrade to OME Med/Med lift and new shoes within the next few months — which means I will probably get the body mount modification too. I am looking to the forum for some fun trips and good tech advice, etc.

  • #37505
     Anonymous

    On March 31st 2006, I was on my way to trade the 2004 4Runner for a Prius and saw the FJ there on the show floor. 60 minutes later I was drove home from Carmax of Laurel with a Sun Fusion MT6. I just couldn't resist. Now I have mod fever and its quite painful. I have performed a few modifications  such as adding a CAI, MAF Skids, MAF rockers, the bumper light install and a bunch of really dumb adds on such as rear door netting and rear cargo area cover (total waste). I haven't been off road in any real capacity but will evenutally make it out. I am looking to upgrade to OME Med/Med lift and new shoes within the next few months -- which means I will probably get the body mount modification too. I am looking to the forum for some fun trips and good tech adivce, etc.

    Welcome, Jim.  You should definitely come to the Green Ridge run on June 10 if you can.  It is the perfect first place to wheel.

  • #37506
     Doug Dobrynski 
    Moderator

    Or come down to Shoe Creek on the 3rd as well and get two weekends of off road adventure.

  • #37507
     Gone Walkabout 
    Participant

    In February of 2006 I went car shopping to trade in my lemon, a 2005 Ford Mustang GT, for a small sporty convertible. I have had my eyes set on the new Saturn Sky for several years after seeing it at a car show as a concept vehicle. I went to Saturn, picked out my colors and options and waited for the vehicle to be produced. In that time I married my fiance Julie. Before the honeymoon we talked about a timberline for children and decided to play a game called “Jamaican Roulette”. In short we won. My whole single life flashed before my eyes. I went back to Saturn to get my deposit back and started car SUV shopping. All my vehicles have always been hobbies if it was made for speed, or for speed. I wanted to get a tough off-road vehicle. I started looking at a Hummer H-2 & H-3. Julie knows that I love to modify my vehicles, so I (or she 🙂 decided on an H-3. I have always been an informed buyer, so I went home to research the vehicle. In all the research I started to read about a vehicle from Toyota called the FJ Cruiser. In reviews and in comparison tests the FJ beat out the H-3 in almost every category and it looked ten times cooler.I went to Jerry's Toyota and they had one in the back that was sold. I then went to almost every Toyota dealership in the Baltimore area and no one had one and all ordered FJ's were sold, so I did what most buyers did. I called the internet or group sales manager of each dealership and offered a $100 bounty to the first salesmen who could get me one.About a month later I got a call from a salesmen who told me about an FJ that has been sold, however the buyer was at the dealership now and had trouble with financing. I grabbed my pregnant wife and went down there. I bought "The Short Bus" a Sun Fusion 4X4, CP, UP #2. There was no deal except that I payed sticker and gave the salesmen a check for $100. The only negotiation was the trade in. After several hours the dealership bought my Mustang for $400 less than what I payed for it and I got to keep the Head unit, and leather seats. Most stories would stop there but If you have seen my FJ you know what I have put into it. Come to the trail ride on June 10th and check it out. -Ben-Ben

  • #37508
     Anonymous

    Mine is shoert and sweet…I sold my big Azz Tacoma and neeed something to drive.... The FJ was the newest in the Yota Line up... :-

  • #37509
     Anonymous

    Welcome aboard Jim .

  • #37510
     FreddieMac 
    Participant

    hello jim and the green ridge run would be a very easy into. to off road. come on out and meet some of these numb skulls, me included. dont worry about the rig getting filled with water thats rips job. we will help you all you want just ask and i sure you will get a ans to your questions.now how i got into an fj needed a new vic as the one i had was getting small or the kids are getting bigger.( ford ranger 93 with 151,000 ) one look at the fj and sold the rest is just money in the driveway mod after mod. 

    Founding Father

  • #37511
     Anonymous

    Yea… Wait til you get stuck in a parking space whilst getting your self and the kids outta the car and realize that you are parked just close enough to the vehicle next to you to create a box with your doors and you and the kids get trapped…..    ;D

  • #37512
     Anonymous

    Yea... Wait til you get stuck in a parking space whilst getting your self and the kids outta the car and realize that you are parked just close enough to the vehicle next to you to create a box with your doors and you and the kids get trapped.....     ;D

    Those half doors are interesting!!  I had them on the Titan, and got trapped with the kiddo many times!!! ;D

  • #37513
     vripley 
    Participant

    It's like a Rubics Cube.(:

    Yea... Wait til you get stuck in a parking space whilst getting your self and the kids outta the car and realize that you are parked just close enough to the vehicle next to you to create a box with your doors and you and the kids get trapped.....     ;D

    Those half doors are interesting!!  I had them on the Titan, and got trapped with the kiddo many times!!! ;D

    Founding Brother

  • #37514
     FJ Opus 
    Member

    I’ll add mine:About a year ago, my father-in-law and I saw a Sun Fusion FJ on the lot at “Fitz” (Fitzgerald) in Gaithersburg.  I loved the exterior and interior, but was turned off by the “Premium fuel only” requirement label in the fuel door.  At the time I was driving an Infiniti FX35 which had to use Premium.Time went on and I continued to review the FJ. [The Ex], at the time, wanted to trade in her RX-8 for a new Mazda3, so we headed to Fitz Mazda in Annapolis and did a trade.  On the way back, confessing to be in a jealous mood, we swung by Fitz Toyota and looked at it again.  The salesman told me the fuel label was a misprint and that perked the ears up; we even took one for a drive.  I was seriously considering the FJ and even joined the motherboard with this post:http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/introductions-new-arrivals/13256-quandary-crossroads-maryland.htmlI continued to research but waffled, but the post on not needing premium definitely was a plus in favor.  [The Ex] and I would drive by dealers and look at their stock from the road, but never went in again, but talked about it.Then on Black Friday 2006 (day after Thanksgiving) [The Ex] and I were in Frederick and saw Opus sitting on the front lot at Darcars.  We stopped in and took it for a drive and weighed our options coming home.  I even took the Infiniti to Carmax for an appraisal, but it came short of what we discussed (an almost key-for-key swap with little money exchanged).  Got home, was depressed, and sulked on the motherboard for a couple hours.I went out for a smoke at about 8pm and when I came in, [The Ex] was dressed and said “Grab the title, we’re going back”.  Needless to say, it was surprising.So at 9pm, we are back at Darcars and haggling; my wife is one serious haggler (I can’t wait until we start house buying negotiations!).  Long story short, we got Opus for minimal cash out of pocket and a 7/100k warranty to boot as part of the deal.  We drove it home at 11pm that night and I proudly posted:http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/introductions-new-arrivals/15597-just-got-back-11-30pm-new-black-cherry-fj-owner.htmlThen I caught the mod bug and then a PM came from someone named “vripley” about forming a club or something and the rest is history!

  • #37515
     Anonymous

    Pretty good story…..

  • #37516
     MarylandFJ1 
    Member

    I remember picking up an issue of Car and Driver one month and it had the coverage of the first FJ Concept.  Of course I didn't think it would be made until the 2005 Chicago Auto Show when I saw the prototype, and it was going into production.  And pretty close to concept form too. Fast forward --> July 2006My wife was getting a company car, which was great news, since who doesn't like a free vehicle.  Her company was offering a Rav4.  Not too bad, but I knew they would only give her a 2 wheel drive.  Which was a problem, since I had an Acura CL at the time, and at my house you need 4 wheel drive to get out when it snows.  I have an 600' driveway on a 10 degree incline.  So we decided we needed another 4 wheel drive for the house.First we went to a Nissan dealership and looked at the Pathfinder (not bad) and the X-Terra (not bad either).  But I was truly just doing research on this day.  So when I told the salesman I was not interested in talking numbers or buying that day, I was promptly escorted out of the dealership.  Literally.  I was shocked.  So then we stopped by the Toyota dealership next door I wanted to see the new Rav4's to see what my wife would be getting.  While there I asked if I could look at one of the FJ's they had on the lot.  They convinced me to test drive it.  I loved it.So for the next few weeks I did some research on how I could get the creature comforts I wanted.  Aka Nav/Backup Camera/iPod control. Once I decided what I wanted, and spoke with my local auto sound place, I was ready.  My auto sound shop told me about a Toyota dealership that had a relationship with, and that they would pick the vehicle up, and install everything so when I took delivery it would be all set.  Along with that it would be included in the price that I financed.Then the waiting began.  I went to my dealership with exactly how I wanted my FJ.  And they told me there were none in Black the way I wanted it, and that I would have to wait.  So I did... and did some more.  Then they got me an FJ from Pittsburgh that was "close enough."  I then went trying to find the OEM parts to bridge the gap from what I wanted and what I got.  I have gotten pretty close........but then I got the mod bug.  And I am not sure there is a cure for that.Love my FJ.  Love it, love it, love it.

  • #37517
     Gone Walkabout 
    Participant

    The mod bug is like a effing rash. I think I've been infected the worst. As long as my wife is still married to me I guess I'm fine. When she goes to the lawyers to "window shop" I may stop.-Ben

  • #37518
     MarylandFJ1 
    Member

    Before she goes to the lawyers she will use one or both of the following methods:1) Obviously you have too much play money, let's get a bigger mortgage2) Obviously you have too much plan money and play time, let's have a baby.Neither will stop you, but it will slow you down 🙂

  • #37519
     Gone Walkabout 
    Participant

    Before she goes to the lawyers she will use one or both of the following methods:1) Obviously you have too much play money, let's get a bigger mortgage2) Obviously you have too much plan money and play time, let's have a baby.Neither will stop you, but it will slow you down 🙂

    Kennedy just turned 6 months old.....

  • #37520
     MarylandFJ1 
    Member

    Now you need to check your browser history for Long & Foster, Coldwell Banker, etc….I only had my FJ for about 2 weeks before I found out my wife was pregnant with twins.  But my modding has gone at a much slower pace than your's.  Probably because my figgin mortgage is too big.

  • #37521
     Gone Walkabout 
    Participant

    Now you need to check your browser history for Long & Foster, Coldwell Banker, etc....I only had my FJ for about 2 weeks before I found out my wife was pregnant with twins.  But my modding has gone at a much slower pace than your's.  Probably because my figgin mortgage is too big.

    I had a deposit in on a Saturn Sky, a two-seat-er convertible, when Julie told me she was pregnant. I had to get my deposit back and shop for a cool SUV and found the FJ.-Ben

  • #37522
     MarylandFJ1 
    Member

    I had a deposit in on a Saturn Sky, a two-seat-er convertible, when Julie told me she was pregnant. I had to get my deposit back and shop for a cool SUV and found the FJ.

    I like the Saturn Sky.  A lot.  Especially the Red Line.  Saturn has gotten a lot better lately.  Probably because all GM does now is rebadge Opel's with Saturn badges and bring them to the US.

  • #37523
     Gone Walkabout 
    Participant

    My wife loves Saturn. Se wants an outlook and we were going out this weekend to look at one, but last week we looked at pop up trailers. We got the trailer and Julie has to wait another year. I liked the Opel Speedster (mid-engine drive with the 2.2l), but it was discontinued and the Sky revamped as the Opel GT (another classic name made to sell with no linneage). I like the new Vectra it should of replaced the LS, but they went with the Aura to compete with the Camery and Altima. It would be nice to have a competition wtih the BMW 3-series here in the US.I heard the Astria is coming to the US with no change. I don't know if they will replace the Ion, but it's smaller and in a lesser category. I love how Saturn has re-created themselves. -Ben

  • #37524
     Anonymous

    My story on why I bought an FJ is rather simple…We had a BMW with low profile rims...and my wife kept hitting potholes and bending the rims...so I figured I needed to get a vehicle with larger, pot-hole resistant tires and rims.The coolest, raddest, smoothest looking vehicle with large tires was the FJ...and the rest is history...I have hit a few pot holes myself and can say that I barely noticed...

  • #37525
     vripley 
    Participant

    I had a similar problem with my S4… Now I aim for potholes.(:

    My story on why I bought an FJ is rather simple...We had a BMW with low profile rims...and my wife kept hitting potholes and bending the rims...so I figured I needed to get a vehicle with larger, pot-hole resistant tires and rims.The coolest, raddest, smoothest looking vehicle with large tires was the FJ...and the rest is history...I have hit a few pot holes myself and can say that I barely noticed...

    Founding Brother

  • #37526
     MarylandFJ1 
    Member

    We have a bunch of new members.  Think this deserves a bump to hear some new stories.

  • #37527
     Anonymous

    My wife and I are into mountain biking. While out biking we see these fire trails, access roads, etc. that sometimes allow vehicles and we always talked about how cool it would be if we had a vehicle that could go in places like that – and something we could take around and check out places around the country and camp, explore, and have a good time enjoying the planet, see more of America & Canada.So when I got a raise this spring, we decided it'd be nice to pursue this little dream and find a vehicle. Being a computer nerd, I took my searches to the net and read vehicle reviews, watched videos, compared this and that, etc.My friend had a Jeep and was all about it. I didn't like the Jeep feel, it was a little small for what I want to do, and the Cherokee didn't really impress me. I just wasn't feeling the magic on the Jeeps.Hummers? Maybe an H1...not this new H2/H3 though.For a while I really wanted to get an old US Army Dodge WC51 and build it up, but I live a semi-city life where projects like that are impossible without a garage. One day I'll get to this project. Still, it's not a practical vehicle for a DD or any exploring.Discovered the FJ and was impressed by its looks, capabilities, and culture. Found the Blue Room and read up. Found the FJ Bruisers and said "wow, cool name for a club, I should check them out". That was pretty much the turning point; the culture of FJ owners was friendlier than most I'd read up on. Later on this would be confirmed ∞.One day on the way home from work, I stopped by a local stealership (Colonial Toyota in Milford, CT who I do not recommend) and they had a 2007 FJ, loaded with everything including off-road pkg that was a demo. It had 3800 miles on it, and from friends/family advice I was always told: Never, ever buy a demo.Originally I had wanted a 6-speed manual, off road package, no frills model so I talked to the salesman about ordering it. He gave me the whole "we can't get them anymore" speech, but "we have a nice one out here, just take it for a ride...just take it for a ride...just take it for a ride..." finally I gave in. I took it for a ride. It was nice, the extra frills didn't interest me. The salesman said, leave us a deposit, try it out for a week, if you like it we'll work out the financing. They wanted $41k+ for this thing, and I wasn't sure if that was a fair price because it was totally loaded...so I left them a $1,000.00 deposit and took it for a week.Well, a week later, I noticed the clacking valves. I noticed the wrong-sounding grinding when I went into 4low. This truck had issues, it wasn't treated well. It was a demo, wailed on in all its glory. No. Effing. Way. Was I going to pay $41k over the next couple years for this. When I took it back, they were not happy. They tried to keep my $1,000.00 saying I had put too much mileage on it, or this excuse and that excuse. I ended up getting my money back in full but not after a long struggle that is a story in itself. Needless to say, I drove by there the other day and that truck is still sitting there looking sad.By now I was determined to get myself in an FJ. I found some locally, but they were all those "other guy" colors. Mine's gotta be black. I searched around, nothing good locally. I checked CarMax, and they had one in Laurel, Maryland. '08, brand new, stock w/ convenience package, good enough. I'd rather build it up from stock than buy the offroad package and replace everything anyway.Took an Amtrak down to Maryland, took a cab to the dealership, 2 hours later I drove back home in my brand new '08 FJ.A couple weeks later I collected some used rock rails, a Bandi mount, a TRD CAI and some other little details. That was my start.I joined the FJ Bruisers in time for the Mudfling, and took a stock truck - except for the rock rails and TRD CAI - out into GWNF and managed to keep up. I was even more impressed with the FJ after that, and will hang onto this truck for years to come.

  • #37528
     Gone Walkabout 
    Participant

    Yeah, but what's the story with the Clowns.

  • #37529
     Anonymous

    They were formed in 2007, apparently  😀

  • #37530
     Bueller 
    Participant

    I like the clowns, reminds me of Rob Zombie's Captain Spaulding.

  • #37531
     Lucas 
    Participant

      Boredom at work and access to the internet make for longer posts  😀  My then girlfriend and I move in together. We get a dog. We get married. We buy the little Cape Cod fixer upper near Richard Montgomery High School. WE GET TAX RETURNS BACK AFTER FIRST YEAR OF MARRIAGE AND HOME OWNERSHIP. And I quote L'il Wayne: "HHHAAAYEYAAAH! ". Down payment for new vehicle. Since we purchased a fixer upper and I drove a Scion xB at the time, I was looking for something that would allow me to gather supplies from Lowes without the employees running back inside to get other employees to run out and point at how I had loaded the little toaster that particular Saturday morning (this happened a lot). One day I picked up a full sized water heater from Sear's and the guys loading the xB took pictures like they had just landed a trophy sailfish or something. The Scion had brought to light something else I had missed. I like to go off road. I like to drive in snow and mud. I like to boogie. I also wanted 4wd. Not Station Wagon with 4wd, REAL 4WD.  I researched vehicles for several months. I focused on the Frontier and the Tacoma. Each had their own positives. I wasn't sure if I really would use the bed of the truck enough to justify the purchase of a pickup, so I looked at Pathfinders and Xterras' too.  I test drove the Tacoma Off road package, very nice, but the salesman was not budging on price. After a few phone calls about "finding a point here" and "you come up with a larger down payment" there, he transformed into a complete *sshole. No problem, there are 10 guys behind me that will pay sticker for the same truck, he didn't really have to deal. I advised him to watch "My Name is Earl" and catch up on this thing called Karma. I then focused on Nissans. I was all set to drive a Nissan Frontier Nismo; Fosgate dual subwoofer sound system, Nismo offroad package, rear locker, moon roof, really slick. The dealer was working with me on price and he was not a jackass. Then I saw this FJ on the same dealer's Used car web page. It was all black and shiny...intriguing. I begin researching every source available on this vehicle too. I was blown away by some of it's capabilities at the price, but the early reviews panned it for being unsafe because of a lack of vision. Still, I kept finding myself going back to that web page and staring into it's big dreamy round headlights. The day of the Nismo test drive rolls around and I take it for a spin. Nice enough. Responds well, handles nice, but did I need the bed? The dealer asked me if was there any other vehicle I wanted to drive? I replied the FJ. They had a sticker on the FJ that is was to be sold to an exporter in NJ the following day. It was slated for delivery in Moscow shortly thereafter. But, he would let me test drive it. Immediately, I felt higher than in the Nismo. The exhaust note was slightly deeper and throatier (TRD exhaust). Really surprised me (and the salesman!) how fast the FJ got up to (and past) highway speeds. The reduced vision was not as big an issue as I had thought. I drove cube vans and pickups with camper tops, the FJ was not bad at all. The only thing I could think of was how much fun the FJ was to drive. It had a trailer hitch and from the websites, I knew it had a towing capacity similar to the Tacoma, so I really did not need a truck bed, just a trailer. The head of the Used car team took over and decreed that money talks and BS walks. That particular exporter had reserved a vehicle once before only to never pick it up. He would rather sell the FJ to me.  The dealer was a friend of a friend, gave me a decent deal on it and let me drive it home to show the little lady and sell her on it. She knew how unhappy I had become driving the Scion, so she simply said "If it is what you want, let's get it". Now I have the formula to get her to agree to MODs. "Honey, my bumper is stock..wahhhh"

  • #37532
     MarylandFJ1 
    Member

    ...and staring into it's big dreamy round headlights....

    Men seem to be drawn to dreamy round headlights ;D  I know I am.

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