I looked at both, and I thought that 2D JK was more fun. Also, I like dropping the top sometimes. FJ is a bit more practical and more SUV-ish. One annoying part is that Toyota only includes off-road package with a bunch of "convenience" features. I find this milking of off-roaders offensive. In contrast I was able to buy my JK with manual locks and windows (sadly cruise control is not optional on Rubicon). I do not use my swaybar disconnect and front locker for all they are worth, and I could do with FJ's rear-only locker. However, Rubi's 4:1 crawl is very nice and useful. But mostly it was the fun levels that clinched the deal.
I did some work at a Toyota dealership and they caught my eye....then I saw a Wrangler and realized how much better it was. But a lot of peeps are into Toyota's and will look at nothing else. They have great brand loyalty.
2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport Orange Crush Built: Jan 11/12
2009 Jeep Wrangler Limited Unlimited Sahara Black(Sold)
2008 Jeep GC SRT8 Red Rock
2010 Harley Davidson XL1200C Black
You have just lost your posting abilities on this site only way to get them back is to take your jeep out and post some bad A** pics of muddling, flexing, or just raise hell then you might get part of your jeep card back...
I have owned 2 Jeeps, a 98 Sport I got used when I left the service in 2001, and traded that one on a 2005 Sport brand new. In 2007 I traded the 05 Sport on an FJ that I still own. Yep Iv had it off road, as well as my daily driver, I like it. However I miss my Jeep. Have been looking at buying a 2012 Rubi, but looks like that is getting pushed back for a couple of months. So might have to waite and get a 2013 when they come out, if things work out. I wont be trading the FJ in for it though... Im using it for bribery. My wife gets to keep the FJ and I can buy myself a new Jeep. To be honest while I like my FJ and it has done everything I have wanted it to do I miss having the top and doors off, and well I miss Jeepin. In short test both see what works, but if you part with a Jeep, youll miss it sooner or later.
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i too looked at the FJ, and boy oh boy can you get them loaded up from the factory, lockers, bead lock tires, bla bla... but as a retired employee of a major razor blade company. my only option was to buy from the BIG 3...
life is too short to be taken seriously all the time,,,, go buy a MR.potato head and have some fun.
We decided on a JK at the LA auto show. The jeep just had this cool fun factor to it while the FJ, well it was just there.
Am with others on this when you first look at them you think there is a ton of room, then you realize there isn't. Not only that the IRS for off-roading is umm, not that great, no front locker and the list goes on.
Nice vehicle for fire roads, and that is where we have seen the bulk of them. Have yet to run into any of them on a black diamond boulder trail.
Plus, in a Jeep you can drop the top at will. Can't do that with an FJ.
I checked them out. Didn't like the way I sat in them. The dealer wouldn't let me try it off-road, while the Jeep dealer welcomed it. I found it to be an awkward vehicle. Wife hated it. Can't see anyone that tried both and was serious about safe back country travel buying a FJ.
can you say "steering wheel shimmy". every blessed one! kicks in about 55-65 mph. toyota is well aware of the problem, but plays it off "as normal". local dealer just got in a 12 trails team. brand new. i was the first one to test drive it. sure enough. the steering wheel did its dance.
other than that, outstanding fit/finish. great interior. comfortable ride. and like jeep, great resale value. i owned a 2010 for about a year.
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I parked next to an FJ last night, custom paint job with a lift and some 35s. It was the first FJ I've liked and I think the fact that the roof was black instead of white had something to do with me liking the look so much. Most of the people in my area drive stock FJs so when you see a highly modded FJ it stands out.
As soon as you can take the roof and doors off an FJ I'll consider it ..... maybe....
Those things are big & ugly, but for some people they make more sense then a Jeep. Of course if you are looking for something "that makes sense" you wouldn't really buy either one of them, you'd probably get a minivan... Yuck!
I loooooooove the way FJ's look. I considered it at one point, but I LOVE being able to have the option of taking the doors and top off in my Jeep. If the FJ offered that, I might have had a harder time choosing.
Did you consider fj cruiser before jeep? Friend is thinking about buying fj....he is a Toyota freak......
My wife test drove an FJ, I rode along. She ended up buying a VW TDI and I bought a JK later on. She wishes she bought a JK for herself now after driving mine. The only other thing I would look at now in the "Jeep Class" is if Ford would bring back a modern version of the first generation Bronco (1966–1977). Otherwise Jeep is the only game in town!
2012 Wrangler Sport 2 Door
3.6L, 6 Spd Manual, 3.73 gears, ACE Rock Rails, Maximus-3 Bumper Bar, KC HiLiTES 124 SlimLites, AEV 2" spacer lift, Duratrac 285/70R17s, 17x9 XD Addicts, AEV ProCal, 35% window tint, AntennaX.
I missed my old 98 Sport and figured an FJ would be similar, so I bought mine in 07. It's a very good DD (when I actually drive it), and I take it on the interstate for my fly-fishing trips, but it couldn't replace the Jeep.
We bought a used 97 SE, and that helped with my Jeep withdrawal for a while, but the only thing that cured it was buying my new Rubicon.
Now I have the Jeep I always wanted, and I still use the FJ as my fishing vehicle.
If Chuck Norris actually needed a vehicle, he'd own a Jeep
98 Sport (traded)
97 SE (traded)
11 JKU (traded)
12 JKU BFG (wife's)
12 JKR WC (mine now)