really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,371 miles

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2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #43

Mar 292013

FJ Cruiser 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles


The driver's left foot rest came loose and went under the brake pedal. I was able to clear the pedal before braking. I think this could be a wide-spread issue after looking at several internet posts.

- Heath, TX, USA

problem #42

Dec 212011

FJ Cruiser 6-cyl

  • miles
At 55 mph, I applied my brakes and rather than stopping the vehicle, the brake pad went all the way to the floor. By pumping the brakes repeatedly and slowing to a point I could apply the emergency brake, I was able to stop the vehicle. Had I needed to stop quickly, I would not have been able to. The master cylinder failed causing the braking issue. I had the component replaced and have had no braking issues since. The master cylinder has been recalled on 740,000 Toyota vehicles, but not the Fj cruiser. Issues with braking/master cylinder have been reporting on www.NHTSA.gov for the 2007 Fj cruiser, so this is a known issue. I have requested that Toyota open an investigation for this issue, but they have not.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #41

Dec 212011

FJ Cruiser 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
While slowing for a red light, I slid on a small patch of ice. The brake pedal went to the floor and the ABS system released my brakes. I lifted my foot off the brake pedal and the ABS disengaged. I reapplied the brakes and stopped the vehicle.

- Avon Lake, OH, USA

problem #40

Jul 182011

FJ Cruiser 6-cyl

  • 38,255 miles


There are times when my 2007 Fj cruiser starts to shake. Also since I first bought my vehicle, as I pressed on the brakes while being at a stop light, it would jerk and feel as if someone had slightly bumped into me from the rear of the vehicle when there was clearly no one behind my vehicle. This happens quite a bit. My main concern is that as I was driving recently I compressed the brakes before attempting a turn and absolutely no braking action happened. I wasn't going fast enough to overturn the vehicle, but none the less it is a very dangerous thing for a vehicle such as the Fj cruiser to make turns at certain speeds, so for the brakes not to work at an important time can cause a severe, if not fatal accident. As I made the turn efficiently(by making a wider turn), I tried once again to use my brakes in which they felt like they were trying to catch again. At this time I felt unsafe and felt compelled to use the emergency brake. I have taken my vehicle to get looked at and they have stated an issue with the master cylinder. I have taken the time to look at various sites and forums in which many people have complaints of the same issues. This is a very dangerous issue for a vehicle that already has a caution for turnovers. My vehicle is a 2007 with under 39,000 miles on it. This should not be happening to a vehicle with mileage such as this. Please address this issue for the concern of all Fj cruiser owners and the safety of all other drivers around this faulty action. Thank you.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #39

Jul 042011

FJ Cruiser

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser. The contact was driving and when the brake pedal was engaged it went to the floor and the contact had to use the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told the master brake cylinder failed to maintain pressure and that caused the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage and current mileages were 83,000.

- Draper, UT, USA

problem #38

Jun 192011

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • 55,559 miles
Noticed a vibration in the brake pedal. It stopped after a while. Two weeks later, vehicle shuddered while braking to a stop at a very low speed. All the dash emergency lights for brakes, ABS, vsc, lit up and braking ability ceased. Used emergency hand brake to stop. Parked vehicle and had towed to Toyota dealer per instructions in owners manual. Computer analysis indicated failed master cylinder. 2007 Fj cruiser w/55,000 miles. $2258 cost of new master cylinder assembly + $495 labor + $101 towing + $10 misc + $218 tax = $3082.19 total cost for part replacement. Have old part in possession.

- Garfield Heights, OH, USA

problem #37

Jun 162011

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


I own a 2007 Toyota fj, in various occasions when applying medium hard pressure to the brakes, I have two different brake reactions: 1. the tires will lock and screech for a short period of time, momentarily loosing control, I automatically let go of the brake pedal, push again to regain control and then the car just keeps rolling like no brakes were applied. Or, 2. if I have to press on the brakes and the road the car happens to be on is a bit rough, with gravel, ridges or potholes or maybe just a poorly patched asphalt, the car will suddenly just roll, like no brake has been applied, even though I am pressing on the brake pedal, like loosing most of or all braking power. Last event happened a couple of days ago where a car cut me off by a toll pay area, I pressed on the brakes hard just as the car was going over a rough section of the road and it kept rolling as with no brakes, and literally just by fractions of an inch did not hit the other car. I have gone to the dealer with the complain, they want me to pay for checking the problem, but I am going to have a tough time reproducing the problem, even though it is pretty consistent, its really not safe to try to reproduce. As I said previously the stated event was not the first one but certainly the most scary, and has happened at least 4 to 5 times in the years I've owned the car.

- Delmar, NY, USA

problem #36

Jul 282008

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • 35,499 miles
My 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser has a definite and very serious brake problem! on at least 6 to 8 occasions brakes have locked up and caused temporary loss of control of the vehicle! on some occasions, I feel that a less-experienced driver could have crashed!! one occasion was at 55 mph while passing another vehicle. This occasional scary experience has been reported by numerous owners of this vehicle on the Fj cruiser forum, but this dangerous condition is not being addressed by Toyota!!! help!!!!!

- Fredonia, NY, USA

problem #35

Oct 012010

FJ Cruiser

  • 72,069 miles
Summary: The primary safety system (brakes) in my 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser failed twice. The local Toyota dealership utilizing Toyota national resources were unable to isolate the problem. The solution was to completely replace brake system and charge it to me. The lack of availability of parts nationally (backorder) resulted in a completely unreasonable repair timeframe. The vehicle was out of service for 49 days and cost $2503.99 to repair. October 1, 2010 driving in traffic depress brake. The pedal goes completely to floor board. No indication of problems via interior warning lights. October 6, 2010 problem determined to be brake master cylinder. Part ordered (47025-35111 cylinder sub-assembly) through internet site of lakeland Toyota in Florida. The cost of the part is $981.37 and the part is on backorder. Estimated deliver is 10/26/10. October 26, 2010 part arrives and is installed. Multiple warning lights are indicated on interior display. November 1, 2010 Toyota dealership determines the new master cylinder assemblies computer is defective. November 4, 2010 Toyota dealership replaces new master cylinder computer with my old computer. The result is the warning lights turning off and indicates the problem has been fixed. The mechanic take the vehicle on a test drive activates the antilock brakes which results in an unexpected loss of vehicle control. The service manager refuses to return the vehicle claiming it is unsafe to drive. No warning lights are indicated on the vehicle. November 10, 2010 Toyota dealership determined that the master cylinder within the new master cylinder assemblies is faulty. Brake solenoid components are also determined to be faulty and a contributing factor in the loss of vehicle control. Toyota recommends that complete brake assembly (47050-35072 $1823.87) be replaced. This is virtually the entire brake system of the vehicle. This assembly is on backorder as well. November 18, 2010 vehicle repaired and returned.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #34

Nov 302010

FJ Cruiser

  • 61,000 miles
1. I was driving home from work and was on the highway. The cars in front of me came to an abrupt stop, causing me to slam my breaks while I was doing 40-ish. 2. this caused the car to bake stumble as the breaks slowed the car, then came lose causing the car to lunge forward, then momentarily brake, then lose braking again. This caused me to almost slam in to the car in front of me. 3. I have not taken corrective action as this should addressed by Toyota as there are many many people describing the same issue.

- Doral, FL, USA

problem #33

Oct 212010

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


After a "panic stop" in my 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser, the brake master cylinder failed. When at a stop light, the brakes will slowly fade until the pedal is on the floor and the truck will roll forward. This is not covered under warranty and I will have to pay to replace it. This is has occurred with other people and is documented on fjcruiserforums.com.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #32

Jan 012010

FJ Cruiser

  • miles
This is a common problem being reported on Toyota based forums. When you apply the brakes and only one side (left or right) of the vehicle is over some rough terrain, the brakes release even with the brake continually being pressed. It leaves the vehicle rolling instead of stopping until you hit the brakes again. Some people have claimed it will engage again if keeping it depressed, but only after more than a second has past. I can recreate this action time and time again with the same failure happening every time.

- Galveston, TX, USA

problem #31

Sep 012010

FJ Cruiser

  • 34,543 miles
While traveling in the far right hand lane, in a work zone at designated speeds as controlled by road workers. The vehicle in front of me applied brakes causing me to due the same. My brakes initially grabbed momentarily and then released unexpectedly, while I was still applying the brakes. I jammed on the brakes the tires locked up and nose dived violently.....barely avoiding an accident. Obvious significant brake system failure.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #30

Jul 152006

FJ Cruiser

  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser. When coming to stop the contact drove over a pot hole and when applying the brakes the vehicle did not stop and began to lunge forward. The brake pedal extended to the floor and the contact had to release her foot so that the pedal will release; otherwise, she had to pull it up manually. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they stated that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle and they could not duplicate the problem. The failure occurred five additional times and was taken to the dealer five times as well. The contact replaced the brake pad and rotors which did not resolve the failure. The failure mileage was 29000 and the current mileage was 75000.

- San Franciso, CA, USA

problem #29

Aug 012010

FJ Cruiser

  • 5,000 miles
2007 Toyota Fj cruiser. I have this SUV since Sep., 2007. The only problem I have with this SUV is the ABS brake system, which doesn't work right. When coming to a stop, if there is a metal manhole cover or a pot hole when I apply brake, the ABS activates and stays active (no brake at all) long after I have crossed the hole causing the SUV to roll much further than I would have without ABS. I lost brake completely during this process, and I almost hit the car in front of me on that day. I had to release and re-apply brake to get the brake work again. But this isn't the way how ABS works. There are many other fj owners having the same problem.

- Elmhurst, NY, USA

problem #28

Apr 102010

FJ Cruiser

  • 10,000 miles
I currently own a 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser and have experienced problems with the ABS braking system. As of yet it has not caused an accident in my vehicle, but sooner or later someone will be killed if this problem is not corrected. When coming to a stop and applying the brakes if you should happen to hit a rut in the road you seem to loose your ABS and the vehicle begins to act very erratic until you come to a complete stop, almost to the point of losing control of the steering. This has happened to my vehicle at least a dozen or more times in the 2 1/2 years I've owned it.

- West Grove, PA, USA

problem #27

May 182010

FJ Cruiser

  • 44,000 miles
The ABS on our 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser gives you the feeling of not working when it starts to engage. The car feels like it is speeding up instead of stopping. This happens when you try to stop when going over a rough surface.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #26

Feb 152010

FJ Cruiser

  • 33,000 miles
After leaving the car wash I applied brakes without any stopping power for ~ 40 ft with full pressure. I slowly came to a stop using first gear with a manual transmission. I assumed it may be wet brakes but once stopped I reapplied the brakes and noticed the brakes were working properly. Exiting an off ramp at ~ 40mph I gently applied brakes to slow and suddenly the brakes were at almost full pressure causing me to release the brakes to avoid skidding.

- Vernonia, OR, USA

problem #25

Mar 222010

FJ Cruiser

  • 65,147 miles
ABS system failure in 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser. The ABS, vsc, and vsc trac and skidding light came on on or about March 22, 2010. Toyota dealer had trouble finding "problem" albeit they said the vehicle had no brakes or almost no brakes. They replaced the master cylinder assembly and in an unrelated issue replace ildler pulleys. Picked up vehicle that was alleged repaired and driven by technicians to verify it was repaired and brakes worked. Within about 20 miles of driving, brakes became very soft and car was hard to stop in a reasonable distance without veering. Called dealership from vehicle on March 27, 2010 and was told to bring it in Monday, but it was safe to drive unitl Monday. I was told jamming on the brakes may cause the vehicle to skid uncontrolable and that the ABS system and vsc would not cause brake failure. I drove the vehicle approximately 200 miles on a trip to see my mother and father. The vehicle was difficult to stop in a reliable and safe manner.

- Deer Park, TX, USA

problem #24

Mar 202007

FJ Cruiser

  • 42,944 miles
Temporary brake failure when driving over gravel county road. Brake pedal was depress and the brakes failed to slow the vehicle, causing it to roll through a stop sign and over the railroad tracks. ABS system seemed to be activated during this failure, the ABS pulsing was felt in the brake pedal. When the brakes were reapplied they worked normally. This has occurred about three times over the last few months.

- Sagle, ID, USA

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