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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,853 miles

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2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Feb 282013

FJ Cruiser 6-cyl

  • 74,863 miles


This vehicle was picked up from purchase from greatbridge auto sales on 2/28/13. At the time of purchase it had a complementary 3000mile/90 warranty. When I drove it off the lot, it shuddered and had difficulty shifting gears.. it is an automatic transmission. The very next morning it was inspected by a known mechanic and it was deemed the torque converter. We contacted the GM who advised us to call the insurance that they use. Upon filing a claim, they only cover $1000 of work in that 3000mile warranty. But the car repair was $1700. On top of that I called Toyota, did my research found out that they have had complaints all over the internet, fj forums, edmunds etc... describing this issue which conveniently occurs right after the manufacturer warranty ends. My problem is that Toyota, has known about these problems and refuses to acknowledge it because it is outside of warranty and that is all they will say..consumer reports has stopped recommending this vehicle for this problem and no one seems to make Toyota is a very costly repair for a vehicle that barely has the engine broken in when the transmission is also interferes with the gas mileage which is not accurate because the engine has to do so much more work with the bad torque converter. We have taken all the steps possible and all Toyota corporate says is that they have no record of the problem. Please help

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #5

Dec 072012

FJ Cruiser

  • 92,000 miles
Rear differential failure. This is a common problem in the early year models of this vehicle. Starts with loud whining from rear of car followed by complete failure of gears inside rear differential.

- Kensington, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 132012

FJ Cruiser 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
The Fj cruiser I purchased in 2007 was quite reliable until recently and it seems that this is a serious defect with the machined differential in early builds of this model. Toyota will not take responsibility for this defective differential for some reason although there have been over 1000 cases so far posted on the internet specifically related to the carbon brittlely in the differentials that are failing. I have included a few references below: I took my car to the Toyota dealer of marin and they are now trying to charge me $2200 for a new differential, I am refusing to pay and I spoke to Toyota, they are denying there is a problem. Here is my Toyota case number, [xxx] please help resolve this serious issue. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sausalito, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 092011

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles


Heard noise coming from back of car. Sounded like it could be the brakes. Took it to Toyota, was told it was the rear differential. My husband is a quadriplegic and we have a lift on the back of our car. Need it for his scooter. Car only had a little over 80,000 miles on it. Have always bought Toyota... no one will help. Won't even meet me half way. Not the dealer, not the people I wrote to at Toyota, no one. This is not right. I have even gone online and found many others with the same complaint. Will anyone listen? it is in the shop right now and we are having it repaired for just over $1,600 dollars.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 152009

FJ Cruiser

  • 40,000 miles
Vehicle was traveling in the snow in 4 wheel drive mode when it started shaking and vibrating as if it had a flat tire. Because of the road conditions vehicle was traveling under the speed limit. Failure was catastrophic and did not allowed the vehicle to coast too long as the vehicle jammed, as if the transmission had broken several gears and binded. Vehicle came to a stop engulfed in smoke and flames were coming from the undercarriage. Upon a quick inspection it was noted that the front shaft had broken off from the transfer case, oil was pouring out of the case and heat from the exhaust pipe, immediately next to it, had ignited the oil into flames. Mud and snow was used to put out the flames. Under further investigation it was noticed that one of the tires had a blow out, the rear driver tire. After replacing the flat tire with the spare, an attempt to carry on 2 wheel drive mode was made but resulted in immediate restart of the flames. Flames were put out again using same method as before and vehicle was towed to a Toyota dealership. Dealership upon cursory evaluation decided that the transfer case had "insufficient" lubricant. This is ridiculous as the transfer case lost its oil when the shaft popped out with the front pinion gear causing the fire. There is no heat shield to protect oil from igniting in these vehicles. Vehicle has not even been taken apart as Toyota is not authorizing the warranty repair. All parts are available for review.

- Surrey, 00, USA

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problem #1

Aug 082007

FJ Cruiser

  • 13,000 miles
We park our car under the unit we live in, the carport under the unit is a concrete slab, we pulled up under the unit turn the car off and proceeded upstairs and hearing a loud noise we went back down stairs and the car had rolled off the concrete slab down to the canal we live on and over the dock and into the water. The car was not on nor were the keys left in the car. Consequences the vehicle was in the water for about an hour before the wrecking service was able to retrieve it out. The adjuster told me that it would have to be total because of the engine being in the water for that period of time. Prior to this approximately 45 to 60 days my emergency flasher started coming on by themselves and would go off temporary for about 5 to 10 minutes after I turn them off again, again, again, I called the Toyota dealership and talked to the service department and the gentlemen I talked to never heard of that before and advise me to take the fuse out and it should stop. I had to take the fuse out which in turn took away my turning signals. I took them out for 24 hours it did not stop. I left the fuse out for 72 hours and it stop. When the vehicle was in the water the car was half on the dock and half in the water with 1/3 of the hood cover in water the starter tried to turn over, the radio came on, and the brake lights or back up lights came on. The wrecker service told me the car was in gear and it should not have rolled. The vehicle is a 6 speed and not an automatic. I believe that something cause the car to jump enough to roll off the concrete slab and at that point gravity took over. The car had been turned off and the keys removed.

- Gulf Shores, AL, USA

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