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Unread 12-09-2007, 08:29 AM   #1
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Default Toyota FJ Cruiser reliability

Because existing sources of auto reliability information left much to be desired, in late 2005 I started conducting my own reliability research at TrueDelta.com. TrueDelta reports absolute stats like "trips to the shop" that make the differences between cars much clearer. Results are updated four times a year, so any significant changes in a model's reliability become apparent quickly.

Over 100 FJ owners have signed up to participate, but just a few of these are 2008s. More participants would be helpful.

Participants simply report repairs the month after they occur on a one-page survey. When there are no repairs, they simply report an approximate odometer reading four times a year, at the end of each quarter.

To encourage participation, panel members will receive full access to the results for free.

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Updated results recently posted for the 2007.

Badly need more participants for the 2008. Additional participants also helpful for the 2007.

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Unread 03-05-2008, 04:47 PM   #3
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signed up for 2008!!!
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Unread 09-13-2008, 11:55 AM   #4
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Thanks, I appreciate it. Still short on 2008s, I'm afraid.

We do have updated results for the 2007: a better than average repair rate. The analysis does only include completed repairs, so it might not fully represent the inner fender cracks some people have been experiencing.

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Unread 09-15-2008, 04:27 PM   #5
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If you want some FJ's signed up, go here: www.fjcruiserforums.com

I'm sure you will get a bunch!

I just signed up with an 07.
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I'm wondering of the trail damage repairs should be the same as the routine road driving repairs.

OEM Normal wear and tear vs a highly modified FJ Cruiser that is in the rocks and dirt all the time are truly apples/oranges.
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Unread 12-06-2008, 11:03 AM   #7
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If damage is caused by contact with a rock, it shouldn't be reported. If it's caused by additional mechanical strain, it should be, because these vehicles should be engineered for that.

I do note in comments on the FJ, Wrangler, H3, and such that many owners engage in severe off-roading. I haven't seen that this has had much impact on the repair rates, though.

We've updated the results, and the 2007 FJ Cruiser has a repair rate of 32 successful repair trips per 100 vehicles per year. This is better than average.

I should note, though, that because this analysis only includes successful repair trips, some of the problems people have been reporting with the inner front fenders won't be reflected.

We don't yet have enough 2008s to provide a result for that year--but getting close.

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Unread 02-26-2009, 07:51 AM   #8
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The latest Car Reliability Survey results were recently posted. The reported number of repair trips per 100 cars per year for the Toyota FJ Cruiser:

2007: 19, better than average

2008: no repairs reported so far, with 16 owners participating

A big thanks to everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in May, August, and November. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and cover all model years.

We now have a separate results page for each model that includes the results for competitors. The one for the Toyota FJ Cruiser:

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We've updated the results for the FJ Cruiser to include owner experiences through March 2009. In terms of successful repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2008: no completed repairs reported yet

2007: 20, better than average

A big thank you to everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in August and November. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and cover all model years.

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Added my FJ on the list for 07.
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Unread 09-24-2009, 07:54 AM   #11
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We've updated the results for the FJ Cruiser to include owner experiences through June 2009. In terms of successful repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2008: 10

2007: 25

Both are better than average.

A big thank you, once again, to everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in November and February. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and cover all model years.

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Unread 12-06-2009, 10:24 AM   #12
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We've updated the results for the FJ Cruiser to include owner experiences through September 30, 2009. In terms of successful repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2008: 19

2007: 27

Both are better than average. Small sample size for the 2008.

We've also introduced two new statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds," to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop.

For the 2007 FJ, the percentage with no repairs is about 84 and the percentage of lemons is less than one.

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A big thank you, once again, to everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in February and May. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and cover all model years.

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Unread 03-21-2010, 08:44 AM   #13
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We've updated the results for the FJ Cruiser to include owner experiences through December 31, 2009. In terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2008: 19

2007: 24

Both are better than average. Small sample size for the 2008.

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds," to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop.

For the 2007 FJ, the percentage with no repairs is about 77 and the percentage of lemons is less than one.

Nada-odds and Lemon-odds car reliability stats

A big thank you, once again, to this forum and everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in May and August. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and cover all model years.

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Unread 05-28-2010, 08:46 AM   #14
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We've updated the results for the FJ Cruiser to include owner experiences through March 31, 2010. In terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2008: 26

2007: 19

Both are better than average. Small sample size for the 2008.

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds," to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop.

For the 2007 FJ, the percentage with no repairs is about 84 and the percentage of lemons is less than one.

Nada-odds and Lemon-odds car reliability stats

A big thank you, once again, to this forum and everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in August and November. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and cover all model years.

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Unread 09-25-2010, 08:36 AM   #15
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We've updated the results for the FJ Cruiser to include owner experiences through June 30, 2010. Other sources of car reliability information won't cover the more recent months until the summer or even fall of next year.

Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2008: 18

2007: 22

Both are better than average. Small sample size for the 2008.

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds," to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop.

For the 2007 FJ, the percentage with no repairs is about 81 and the percentage of lemons is less than one.

Nada-odds and Lemon-odds car reliability stats

Thank you, once again, to this forum and everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in November and February. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and cover all model years.

To see how competitors compare, and to sign up to help:

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Unread 12-26-2010, 08:46 AM   #16
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We've updated the results for the FJ Cruiser to include owner experiences through September 30, 2010. Other sources of car reliability information won't cover the months since April until the summer or even fall of next year.

Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2008: 16

2007: 25

Both are better than average. Small sample size for the 2008.

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds," to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop.

For the 2007 FJ, the percentage with no repairs is about 83 and the percentage of lemons is less than one.

Toyota FJ Cruiser Lemon-odds and Nada-odds

Thank you, once again, to everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in February and May. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and cover all model years.

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We've updated the results for the FJ Cruiser to include owner experiences through December 31, 2010. Other sources of car reliability information won't cover the months since April until the summer or even fall of this year.

Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2008: 16

2007: 30

Both are better than average. Small sample size for the 2008.

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds," to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop.

For the 2007 FJ, the percentage with no repairs is about 79 and the percentage of lemons is less than one.

Toyota FJ Cruiser Lemon-odds and Nada-odds

Thank you, once again, to everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in May and August. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and cover all model years.

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Unread 04-04-2011, 08:45 PM   #18
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They do seam reliable in terms of getting from point A to point B. However, they have several quality "issues" including weak gears in the early rear diffs, unsealed bearings in the idler pulleys, undercarriages which are prone to rust, and the infamous inner fender bulges. In addition, their have also been a few broken frames/engine mounts.
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Unread 06-07-2011, 08:47 AM   #19
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We've updated the results for the FJ Cruiser to include owner experiences through March 31, 2011.

Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2008: 16

2007: 36

Both are better than average. Small sample size for the 2008.

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds," to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop.

For the 2007 FJ, the percentage with no repairs is about 76 and the percentage of lemons is less than one.

Toyota FJ Cruiser Lemon-odds and Nada-odds

Thank you, once again, to everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in August and November. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and cover all model years.

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Unread 08-29-2011, 11:05 AM   #20
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We've updated the results for the FJ Cruiser to include owner experiences through June 30, 2011.

Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2008: 32

2007: 45

Both are better than average. Small sample size for the 2008.

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds," to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop.

For the 2007 FJ, the percentage with no repairs is about 70 and the percentage of lemons is less than one.

Toyota FJ Cruiser Lemon-odds and Nada-odds

We'll have further updates in November and February. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and cover all model years.

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