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Toyota FJ or get a new transmission?

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Nov 01, 2006 1:57 pm

I wasn't sure where to post this. :dontknow

Last night my stick shift kept popping out of first gear, 6 times in 8 miles! :( This morning I stopped to see my mechanic and he sold his business. :( The new guy was nice and probably does a good job, but I'm thinking with 209K mi on it, should I get a new vehicle or have him replace the transmission? :dontknow I'm afraid other things will go wrong. I've only had the water pump and rear brakes worked on, other than replacing the windshield 3 times and 4 sets of tires.

We're going to look at the FJ tonight, but thought if anyone had any info (good or bad), I'd like to hear about it.
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Postby doug395 » Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:24 pm

Bummer, I think I hate car repairs more than car payments. I plan to recycle my 4runner at 200, with all the miles you drive a new one seems like a good idea.
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Postby Shawn » Wed Nov 01, 2006 8:46 pm

I know that new FJ would be great. Just the same, I had the same problem with my Toyota truck some years back. At first I thought it would be the transmission but it turned out to be a low cost part that needed replacement on the top end (below the stick itself near the cowling). It's been too long for me to recall the name of the part, but even if you sell the thing it would sure be worth having someone confirm what the problem is (the repair on my truck was ~100 bucks).

In my neck of the woods I've seen quite a few FJ's but haven't been able to have a peek inside yet.
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Postby Foamfinger » Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:26 pm

Shhhhhhhhh! No more FJ talk! :mad:
We're in the market and I want to buy one before the the neighbors!
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Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:38 pm

:D I just (:) one, and its NICE! They only had an automatic, but I'll be doing research on it. It doesn't lay flat in the back like the 4Runner, but it might be better for sleeping so we're not on our hips.

Shawn, my mechanic replaced that part a few years a go and it worked. He had to replace it a few months ago again, but said if it didn't work this time I would have to replace the transmission. :( Right now I have to hold the stick in first or it pops out of gear (with a big THUD!). It sounds like something is breaking. I think I'll have a new FJ by next week. :D
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Postby Shawn » Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:52 pm

Looks like FJ it is ! :D

Can't wait to hear more about it. I must admit though, I have been trained to look at 4Runner's whenever I'm near the Sierra thinking I'd eventually see a Snow Nymph (guess I can be re-trained).
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Postby Foamfinger » Thu Nov 02, 2006 4:29 pm

Snow Nymph wrote::D I just (:) one, and its NICE! They only had an automatic, but I'll be doing research on it.


The manual transmission is full-time 4WD vs the automatic which offers part-time 4WD. The 2-3 mpg trade-off in is noticeable, and though I would prefer a manual, I'm leaning towards an auto. Heck, some off-roaders prefer an auto.

Keep us curious/jealous folks posted.
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Postby Trailtrekker06 » Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:25 pm

John and I looked at one at the beginning of the summer, we decided the back was too small for both of us to sleep in, but you won't have a problem with that , Cori! The other thing was ground clearance, but I guess that could be solved by having it lifted. I'm still hoping for a new Tacoma next year [-o<
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Postby wingding » Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:04 pm

SN - What color are you getting?

When I came up for a new truck this past year I had either the FJ Cruiser or a Tacoma in mind, but the FJ Cruiser wasn't available yet; so it made my decision a lot easier.

I really like my Tacoma - toyota makes some nice trucks. My truck is an automatic with 4WD and the off-road package and with the shell on it I sleep pretty well in the back of it. I used to really like standard transmissions, but I've sure gotten used to that automatic transmission. The only thing I still forget to do it switch it into overdrive because I'm so used to having a 4 speed transmission and this one has 5 speeds.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Fri Nov 03, 2006 7:39 am

I'm looking at titanium/silver, manual, black wheels, rock rails, bull bar, skid plate, and eventually get it lifted. We'll see how much the accessories will run. There's a Four Wheel Parts store 1/2 mile from work, that can do the accessories. Right now Longo gave me some numbers so I might end up going there. Manhattan Toy didn't have the M/T but can order it. I'll ask them what the cost would be. Torrance Toy kept telling me to come in. I didn't like them from the last time and had to ask for my license so I could leave. I'll make a few more calls.
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Postby wingding » Fri Nov 03, 2006 9:48 am

Nice color choice.

I don't know how long the wait will be for the FJ Cruiser if you order it, but it took 5 months for my Tacoma to come after we ordered it from Toyota, but it was nice to be able to place an order for exactly what I wanted. It was actually built in California - kind of nice to know that workers in our state were paid to assemble it. I think I'm getting about 18 mpg when I remember to put it in overdrive and that's 3 mpg more than I was getting with the Ford Ranger and the Ranger had less HP than the Tacoma (6 Cylinder with 235 HP for the Ranger and 6 Cylinder with 265 HP for the Tacoma). I don't know much about vehicles and engines, but I think it's having the 5 speed automatic versus the 4 speed automatic that makes the difference in the MPG.
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Toyota trucks

Postby HikinDoc » Fri Nov 03, 2006 10:17 am

I had a Toyota - same exact thing happened - tranny went out - couldn't get in first gear at all. Had the tranny worked on for about 300.00 and it worked great until a big dodge rear ended me and that was the end of my Toyota. However, I just purchased and new Tacmoa crew cab - it is nice. They are so quiet you'd think you were in a Lincoln. Looking forward to many years of use from this vehicle.

p.s. got rid of a Ford Expedition for the Toyota truck - no comparison - Ford is a terrible product and I recommend you stay away from them as far as possible. The company is full of liar, cheaters, and thieves. I still haven't received my refund from extended warranty and will likely have to fight with them many more times before I do. I can't wait until they go bankrupt so I can gloat!!!
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