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[*] posted on 10-24-2020 at 05:14 PM


Toyota learned a hard lesson with the unit body on the FJ Cruiser. It cost them a huge amount ro repair the things. Don't sell them anymore, who knows why?
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[*] posted on 10-24-2020 at 06:09 PM


Quote: Originally posted by PaulW  
Toyota learned a hard lesson with the unit body on the FJ Cruiser. It cost them a huge amount ro repair the things. Don't sell them anymore, who knows why?


Ugly car did not sell well.

Also, it was large car, but had bad cargo capacity — SUVs out sold it. Hard to climb into back seat. Hard to drive with such bad blind spots.
It was a dud.

[Edited on 10-25-2020 by mtgoat666]




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[*] posted on 10-24-2020 at 07:57 PM


Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
Quote: Originally posted by PaulW  
Toyota learned a hard lesson with the unit body on the FJ Cruiser. It cost them a huge amount ro repair the things. Don't sell them anymore, who knows why?


Ugly car did not sell well.

Also, it was large car, but had bad cargo capacity — SUVs out sold it. Hard to climb into back seat. Hard to drive with such bad blind spots.
It was a dud.


Agreed. Some much potential, so little success.

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[*] posted on 10-25-2020 at 07:56 AM


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Quote: Originally posted by chuckie  
Doesn't even look like a ridgeline! Why is it on this post?


The Ridgeline has no frame like a typical truck does (mentioned above my submission) and the Subarus are also unibody. That is the connection.
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I just looked sure looks like a frame to me on both
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[*] posted on 10-25-2020 at 08:37 AM


I don't know why anybody worries about. If the Ridgeline has a frame or not . it is light duty works perfect for that so it does not work for all. Nothing does
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[*] posted on 10-26-2020 at 08:55 PM


Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
Quote: Originally posted by PaulW  
Toyota learned a hard lesson with the unit body on the FJ Cruiser. It cost them a huge amount ro repair the things. Don't sell them anymore, who knows why?


Ugly car did not sell well.

Also, it was large car, but had bad cargo capacity — SUVs out sold it. Hard to climb into back seat. Hard to drive with such bad blind spots.
It was a dud.

[Edited on 10-25-2020 by mtgoat666]


I read that the FJ Cruiser was strictly a limited run of a limited number of model years as Toyota didn't want to over populate the landscape with SUVs as a detriment to the environment. A coworker let me test drive his once, and I liked it's upright seating ergonomics, but I had no idea that it was an unit body. I would never recommend a unit body 4WD for any actual trail use.
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[*] posted on 10-27-2020 at 08:47 AM


The old Ridgeline is based on the Pilot, but with a box. It is a uni-body construction with 4 wheel independent suspension. It rides and handles nicely. It is not great for difficult off-roading. In my opinion, the biggest problem if you have an older one, would be the timing belt. Make sure you know when the belt was replaced. I have driven a Ridgeline over the East Cape road from San Jose to la Ribera without a worry. I have not used it to tow a trailer over that road.
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[*] posted on 10-27-2020 at 08:55 AM


bottom line it does what it is ment for. hardcore wheeling. Is not for all the no frame part is zero problem. on the old pilot the control arms front and rear. Is it's weakness but again on hard wheeling. That it is not made for anyway.
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[*] posted on 10-27-2020 at 08:57 AM


The FJ Cruiser is not unibody, it and the 4Runner share the same frame as the Tacoma trucks. Check the Internet:

Structurally, the FJ Cruiser incorporates a body on frame truck style design similar, but not identical to that of the two-door Prado platform.

The FJ Cruiser uses a high-mounted, double wishbone front suspension and stabilizer bar, and a 4-link rear suspension with lateral rod with coil springs and stabilizer bar. The 120-series Land Cruiser Prado, Tacoma, 4Runner, and Hilux share the same suspension parts as the FJ Cruiser.

The FJ Cruiser uses power-assisted four-piston front and two-piston rear ventilated disc brakes with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA) and is also equipped with vehicle stability control (VSC) and a specialized traction control system known as "A-TRAC". The A-TRAC system applies braking to control wheels that have lost traction, mimicking the performance of a locking differential without the "binding" that can make steering difficult in normal locking differential setups.




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[*] posted on 10-27-2020 at 09:46 AM


Turns out all the threads on the body structural problems on the FJ have disappeared? The only thing I can find is about the body. The engine bay inner fender aprons due to some bulging and cracking. The reports of this issue extending to the firewall are gone.
Even the Edmonds report of "unit" body poor design are now missing. Probably that report should not have said unit body, but body?
It is too bad they did not copy the Prado more closely.
Other wise the FJ has all the good Toyota stuff.
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