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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,448 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser body / paint problems

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2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #13

Oct 242014

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


A vehicle was traveling very slowly on a rural interstate as my Toyota Fj cruiser approached in the same lane. The driver of the Fj cruiser braked quickly to avoid hitting the slow moving vehicle. However, an 18-wheeler behind it could not stop fast enough. It rear-ended my Fj cruiser sending the front-end colliding directly into the back of the slow moving vehicle. As the 18-wheeler continued forward, my Fj cruiser was squeezed out from between the two vehicles and pushed into another lane. Both the driver and passenger of my Fj cruiser were transported to the hospital for injuries. No airbags deployed at any time during the collision with the slow moving vehicle. Extensive damage to the front and rear of my vehicle resulted in a total loss.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #12

Mar 032012

FJ Cruiser 6-cyl

  • 37,317 miles
There is buckling of the body, right and left side, under hood approximately where the hood hinges attach to body. The mechanic has advised it is a weak point in the body which on some vehicles the body actually cracks and transfers over to the fender over time. It looks like it is due to vibration from the body front end to the rear firewall. The estimated cost to fix this problem from a Toyota certified body shop is $11,837.02. I have filed a complaint with Toyota corporate, and it is pending. Toyota doesn't seem to want to take responsibility.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #11

Jan 032012

FJ Cruiser 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
The vehicle developed a bulge on the driver side engine bay fender apron. I have seen many online and met others in person who share this problem on the Fj cruisers. This concerns me because I feel that the structural integrity of the vehicle is now compromised and don't know how this will affect the safety of my vehicle in the event of a crash.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 152009

FJ Cruiser

  • 19,744 miles


2008 Toyota Fj cruiser, inner fender apron bulges in crumple zone's. this vehicle is used as a daily driver and has been off road for approximately 30 of the 19744 miles that are currently on it. My vehicle is very well maintained and not abused. This is a very common problem with the Fj cruiser model, so much as Toyota has redesigned this part of the body structure 3 times. I feel strongly that this defect will endanger the safety of my self and children should I be involved in a front end collision. Pleas do your do diligence and investigate this issue. Toyota generally will do nothing about this issue and will blame it on abuse or misuse.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #9

Jul 182009

FJ Cruiser

  • 7,418 miles
Drivers side inner fender crumple zone has bulges protruding into the engine compartment.

- Gallup, NM, USA

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problem #8

Jan 012008

FJ Cruiser

  • 15,000 miles
Over the life of the vehicle, cracks have developed in the front inner fender structure, which have now turned into large splits in the crumple zones. The cause is a result of body movement between the frame and body. Toyota has denied warranty coverage due to large tires installed on vehicle, yet has redesigned the inner fender structure of these vehicles three times due to this same issue with stock vehicles. As the tears in the fender structure progress, the front clip of the vehicle has begun to drift, and the hood gap and fender gaps are shifting. I am concerned with the safety of the vehicle and how collision standards will be affected with the crumple zones cracked.

- Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 152009

FJ Cruiser

  • 4,800 miles


2008 Fj cruiser, 4800 miles, manual trans, no modifications, passenger side fender inner is collapsing (cracks in the steel fender inner and gross deformation of the sheet metal) within the engine bay in area of crumple zone creases/gussets. My concern is that the crash worthiness of the vehicle has been decreased. Additionally there is a major hood alignment issue. Hood alignment problems can be directly related to hood latch failures which could cause injury to both the vehicle occupant as well as pose a hazard to others on the road. The dealer was not able to diagnose the fender crack or hood alignment problems and provide a countermeasure/repair and claims that they have not previously seen these failures.

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #6

Mar 262009

FJ Cruiser

  • 18,000 miles
Bulging inner fender, Fj cruiser 08.

- Merville, Bc, 00, USA

problem #5

Jan 172009

FJ Cruiser

  • 25,000 miles
Fj cruiser front inner fender is bulging out into the engine compartment. It appears the front body (hood + fenders) is constructed with too thin a gauge of steel causing excessive front body panel flexing and it's giving out at the weakest point. I have not done anything at this point to correct it as I just noticed it and I'm now monitoring its progression. I am concerned that the bulging will progress into the sheet metal ripping as it has done on other Fj cruisers thus reducing the effectiveness of the engineered crumple zone. This is my daily driver and I Transport my children (currently 3 and 5 yrs.) on a daily basis. Should I be concerned?

- Westminster, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 292009

FJ Cruiser

  • 15,700 miles
Inner fender panel buckling above wheel well, on passenger side. Happened under normal driving conditions. Crack on outside fender also. Buckle leads to large 3-5 inch crack, affect hood closure and secureness of hood.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #3

Nov 112008

FJ Cruiser

  • 4,800 miles


2008 Toyota Fj cruiser is experiencing inner fender bulging. This started occurring shortly after buying the vehicle. The vehicle currently has 4800 miles. This problem has been well documented and in most cases does not stop until the inner fender is cracked all the way through. Obviously, there is some sort of design flaw.

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #2

Sep 232008

FJ Cruiser

  • 15,000 miles
2008 Fj cruiser has traveled approximately 150 miles off road on established trails and 15000 miles on paved roads. There are tears in the inner fender aprons in the crumple zone and the nose of the body appears to be sagging down. The passenger side door is impinged and paint is chipping off when it is opened. The rips formed spontaneously, there has been no collision or impact on the vehicle. The tears are through metal running from the top of the crumple zone to about a half inch before the bottom of the crumple zone, the tear is about 6 inches from the back of the engine bay.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #1

Sep 232008

FJ Cruiser

  • 15,047 miles
I own a 2008 Toyota Fj cruiser and have driven both on and off road since February of 2008. I have noticed a popping sound when opening the passenger side door, when the dealership went to look at why this was happening they discovered that the inner fender apron in the engine bay was buckled and torn in the crumple zone even though I have never struck anything with my vehicle, not the ground, not another car, nothing. The rips run from the top of the crumple zone to approximately one half inch from the bottom, the top of the tear is folding forward so that the tear has resulted in an opening in the shape of a V, I assume this shift is what is causing the door impingement against the quarterpanel.

- Spokane, WA, USA

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