Toyota FJ Cruiser: What to Watch Out for and What to Do When Difficulties Arise
Launched in 2003 as a concept car, the Toyota FJ Cruiser has come a long way as a retro-style SUV that has superior off-road capabilities. Although its designs were patterned from the iconic FJ40, this vehicle line has managed to make a name for itself through various awards for performance and design. However, despite its success, the FJ Cruiser is still prone to malfunctions that every car owner should know. Listed below are some of the common problems that people may chance upon in case they own or if they are in the market for this SUV.
Cracking engine bay inner fender aprons
For the 2007 and early 2008 models of the FJ Cruiser, car owners reported several cases of cracked or bulged fender aprons. Attributed to a design flaw for several Vehicle Identification Numbers, Toyota has resolved the issue by redesigning the FJ Cruiser's fenders starting 2009. With the revamped double layer inner fender, no more complaints were documented for later models.
Improperly calibrated tire pressure monitoring system
Due to tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) that were improperly calibrated, Toyota issued a recall and service bulletin for all FJ Cruisers that were manufactured from 2008 to 2011. Based on the report done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the TPMS installed on these FJ Cruisers did not follow the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard #138. Specifically, the monitoring systems only alerted drivers if the tire pressure was already below recommended levels. As a result, car owners were at risk of encountering accidents because of underinflated tires and possible blowouts.
Because of its block design, the Toyota FJ Cruiser has too many blind spots on the left and right side mirrors. Also, because of the block-like design, this SUV has an unusually large C-pillar and spare tire location that hinders rear view. As a result, car owners find backing out and driving fast somehow difficult. To solve this issue, Toyota released an optional rearview camera mirror for all FJ Cruisers manufactured 2009 onwards. This optional camera automatically displays your vehicle's rear through a 2.4-inch LCD screen.