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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,000 miles

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2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #13

Oct 252007

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,500 miles


Vehicle like others is starting to experience buldging on the inner fender aprons. Mine have not developed to cracks like so many others but appears to be in its infancy since it is buldging. I was made aware of the complaint after browsing this database. Upon further research I found where 155+ other people have experienced the same problem! I have not taken the vehicle to the dealer as I have heard horror stories and the problem has not been remedied. I am very concerned about the structural integrity of the front in under normal driving conditions and especially concerned about the vehicles crash rating and how it has been affected. It appears to be buldging at two crumple zones on the uni body. No other apparent buldges, rips, or deformities anywhere else. The vehicle has never been in an impact situation greater than a shopping cart at the super market rolling into my vehicle. This appears to be a natural occurring problem which the Toyota designers did not take into consideration when building the vehicle. The front end does not appear to be able to support its own weight.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 252007

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,500 miles
My vehicle has bulges in the engine bay above the wheel well. This vehicle is my daily driver and has been only used on easy trails and logging roads. No serious 4 wheeling or jumping. Mileage when damage spotted was 9,500 miles.

- Tualatin, OR, USA

problem #11

Oct 012007

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,213 miles
Paint chips off everywhere for no reason.

- Pleasant Grove, UT, USA

problem #10

Jan 012007

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles


Rips and bulges appeared on the inside of the engine bay. They are appeareing in a designated "crumple zone".. which makes me fear for my safety.. it has been documented by hundreds of other Toyota Fj cruiser owners as well..... there were no events leading to this. Toyota has not aknowledged the problem in any way.

- Barre, VT, USA

problem #9

Aug 012007

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Fatigue stress in the engine bay sheet metal located in safety crumple zone areas. Events leading up to failure are anyone's guess. Normal day to day and moderate off-road driving are the only conditions experience by the vehicle... no collision or accident incidents. Toyota has agreed to cover the replacement of the part under warranty but has given no explanation as to how the failure is occurring to vehicles on a national level, how the failure will be handled after the warranty period and provided no recourse for what is bound to be a dramatic drop in resale value due to the fixing of the vehicle (more than likely the extent of the repair will be akin to fixing a wrecked vehicle. Front end disassembly, welding, cutting, etc.)

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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problem #8

Sep 102007

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Inner fender liner metal cracking at the crumple zone, severe cracks developing.

- Balboa, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 052007

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,700 miles


Sheet metal cracking on both sides of the inner fenders within the engine compartment.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #6

Sep 202007

FJ Cruiser

  • miles
2007 Fj cruiser body panels inside engine bay are bulging and subsequently ripping apart for no apparent reason. Toyota has not issued a public statement on this matter. Fixes for my vehicle include pulling the engine to replace the panels. However, the underlying problem that causes the ripping has not been identified or addressed.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 012007

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,000 miles
2007 Toyota Fj cruiser. Inner fender bulges on both sides.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 142007

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 33,952 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser. The contact noticed a curvature in the inner fender apron of the vehicle. A mechanic stated that the inner fender apron crush zones were ripping and cracking under normal driving conditions and the frame contained an excess of flexibility. The dealer found no failures and no repairs were made. The current and failure mileages were 33,952.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #3

Aug 012007

FJ Cruiser 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Inside fender panel ripping on either side of 2007 Toyota fjc mine and others, can see discussion online at seems that toota knows of the problem and is offering a fix not proven to work, and is only covering till the 30,000 mile warranty is up, after that it is your problem, even though it seems to be a problem many vehicles have.

- Riverside , CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 112007

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
My Toyota Fj cruiser has developed cracks in the engine bay body metal. I use this vehicle as a trail rig and it has never been in an accident or jumped. I have very large ripping on both sides above the front tires.

- Troutdale, OR, USA

problem #1

May 252007

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
To whom it may concern, I am the owner of a Toyota Fj cruiser 2007. After ~3500 miles, I discovered cracks in the body frame (front inner fender rails - engine bay). I did address this issue to Toyota, who voided the warranty on the vehicle due to "signs of impact, namely scratches on the under body". I do not concur with this statement, since scratches can not be related to impact strength. I use this vehicle for off road, which does yield to scratches in the body. I have never experienced any impact. Internet research on Fj cruiser forums shows that this becomes a very common phenomenon and appears to be a design flaw in the front end of the Fj cruiser. I am concerned that due to the cracks in the body (crash zone), the safety of the vehicle is negatively affected. I would be able to provide you a very detailed report on the findings, as well as with the links to a number of Fj cruiser owners facing the same problem. I'm looking forward to your response and appreciate your support in this matter!

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

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