Toyota axing FJ Cruiser

Submitted: Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 12:14
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Here's a link to the story. Was aimed at the Urban market, although capable off road with Prado underpinnings. Would probably been more attractive in Australia if it had a diesel option rather than the thirsty V6. It joins the Y61Patrol and the Pajero disappearing from the market.
http://www.drive.com.au/motor-news/toyota-fj-cruiser-axed-20160512-got6xq.html
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Reply By: allein m - Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 12:40

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 12:40
there seem to be a lot of cars in the 4wd market being killed of

70 series toyota nissan patrol 3 ltr

I wonder what the police will end up with land rover discovery's might end up being used
the toyota troopy is the back bone of outback police vehicles cannot see any other options that would take the punishment given to them during there life in the police force
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 18:19

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 18:19
Also the LandRover Defender gone and I'm sure I read somewhere that the V8 diesel option in the 200 series Land Cruiser is going in a couple of years because of European emission regulations which will flow on to other markets..

I wonder how long the V8 diesel and maybe petrol powered Dodge Ram, Ford F trucks and Chev Silverado yank tanks will be around considering the tough Californian regs.

Looks like 2.8 liters will be the go unless you want to go electric powered.

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Reply By: Chad B1 - Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 13:04

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 13:04
"Thirsty V6"? We got better economy than a deisel hilux on a recent tour in Victoria. The thirsty tag isn't really deserved.
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Follow Up By: Ken - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11:04

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11:04
Were you being towed by the Hi-Lux?
Compared to a diesel Prado the V6 IS a thirsty vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Chad B1 - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 13:11

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 13:11
No, just touring round, no trailers. People get very hung up on the "if only there was a deisel option" the V6 pulls like a train, has real get up & go & is a pleasure to drive. Without the expensive maintenance of the asthmatic deisel. It constantly runs at about 8 km per litre, whether it's being flogged down the highway or towing the horse float/camper trailer. And on the Vic tour, was getting 10.5, better than the newer hilux touring with us.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 14:10

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 14:10
Did you see some piggies fly past?
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 15:15

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 15:15
Chad B1,

Agree people obsess over V6 fuel usage. Over 12 years mine averaged 12.58litres per 100k over 208,000 ks. That was city/country/towing/highway/offroad/no road etc etc.

Did'nt think it was that thirsty at all. Could always be better though :)

Regards
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Follow Up By: mountainman - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 22:19

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 22:19
Funny how people comment on cars theyve never owned.
the V6 in the fj was a superb surprise.
even a bloke crunched the numbers if the fj ever came out in a diesel and the v6 won clearly by a margin.
great economy, heaps of power to burn and bulletproof motor
toyota did awesome work on the fj

the fortuner is a great replacement anyway
toyota aint stupid
selling 10.15 million vehicles globally
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 23:21

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 23:21
I agree with Mountainman and Chad - the V6 in the FJCruiser is one of the best motors ever put into a 4wd. My son's FJ Cruiser gets better fuel consumption than my diesel 200 series. Might not pull quite as hard, but its still an awesome reliable motor which doesn't use much fuel.
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Reply By: dad1340 - Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 15:22

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 15:22
Even amidst the promises by Tojo of continuing Australian availability, if correct, discontinuation doesn't surprise me.

With a V8 diesel and various improvements it would have been the most capable 4WD this wide brown land has seen. "thirsty" was seen in the Link, for a 2 tonne V6 vehicle the journo needs to get out more.

A valid inescapable fact is metropolitan based "YUPI's" who Toyota targeted in a marketing sense who purchased a FJC have relationships and kids (took me hours to work that one out ;) and the FJ is not a 4 door Prado, a better family option.

The yank big 4 door ute companies went troppo when the FJ hit the showroom floor grabbing a good slice of their market share.
They killed it off eventually with heavily discounted vehicles with huge V8 engines.
Imagine what would have transpired if a V8 petrol and a V8 diesel had been an option?

The FJC will remain an iconic cult vehicle that is perfect for singles and couples including retiree's like us.

'The King is Dead; Long Live the King'

(I think you will see them around for many years to come - too good not to have)

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Follow Up By: Member - drew2026 - Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 21:56

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 21:56
agree, such a shame to see them killed off like so many other automotive standouts at the moment.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 23:23

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 23:23
spot on Dad!
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Follow Up By: dad1340 - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 15:17

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 15:17
For those who don't understand the power delivery issues of diesels opposed to petrol in full-on LR 4WD;
..... just google lads.

Fuel economy is one aspect only.

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Reply By: RobAck - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 17:03

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 17:03
Old news that. Fleet managers were told over a year ago it would not be continued and is replaced by the Front Runner range which has a diesel common with the new Hi-Lux and is built on the same chassis albeit has a coil spring rear to make the ride and handling nicer.

FJ is a great 4WD out of the box particularly if you have no need to tow heavy stuff. We have taken plenty of them across the Simpson on tours without an issue

Rob
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 13:39

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 13:39
200kw power ,consistent 1300km range from 013 dual tank model [156lt ] but have never put more than 140lt in at the 1300km mark = not bad economy from a box shape ,,,,,,, 11,000 sold in Australia , the actual most capable 4x4 straight off the showroom floor ever sold in Australia at a reasonable price.
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