really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,949 miles

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2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #19

Jun 182014

FJ Cruiser

  • 74,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser. The contact stated while driving 10 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact was able to apply the brakes and place the vehicle in park. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 74,000. The VIN was not available.

- Gloucester, MA, USA

problem #18

Apr 092014

FJ Cruiser 6-cyl

  • 95,784 miles
I recently purchased a 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser with 95K miles on it. All was fine for about a month until I started experiencing unexplained accelerating and RPM surging when driving below 30 mph and regularly while stopped in traffic with my foot on the brake. It's not a huge rev, but rather the engine will suddenly rise from normal idle RPM to about 1300 RPM, then back down again. I can feel the transmission grabbing and I have to keep the brake depressed to keep from taking off. The surge generally lasts for less than 10 seconds and then goes away for a short time. I can get it to duplicate the problem (at a stop, in gear) almost anytime. If you are not paying close attention and happen to lift your foot off the brake, the vehicle will lurch forward start to accelerate until the transmission downshifts. I fear that this will cause a serious accident someday, and someone could get hurt or killed. I have taken it to my local mechanic who says that he can't quite figure it out.

- Fountain City, WI, USA

problem #17

Jan 222014

FJ Cruiser 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
I was driving at approximately 35mph when all of a sudden, there was a loss of acceleration and the engine just stalled in the middle of the road. I couldn't start it back up. There were no warning sign whatsoever and I didn't think it had anything to do with the fuel because it still read that I had a little under 1/4 of gas. Upon putting fuel, the car started back up. The problem appears to be a faulty fuel float or sensor and is fairly common problem based on the thread from www.fjcruiserforums.com. I think Toyota should put out a tsb on this or do a recall on this specific part. It's a very high safety concern when you're driving then all of a sudden your vehicle dies. This can definitely cause a fatal accident had this happened at a busier road.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #16

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 #15

Aug 142009

FJ Cruiser

  • 31,483 miles
My Toyota Fj cruiser accelerates by itself. Typically, when it is stopped and idling, like at a light or stop sign. It does this when either I or my mother is driving it. The particular event I want to tell you about happened in August 2009. I was at a stoplight, in the center lane, and was going to change lanes when the light changed. I turned the wheel to the left before the light changed. When I took my foot off the brake, the vehicle accelerated rapidly into the left lane. I did not touch the gas pedal. My vehicle was struck by a pickup truck approaching in the left lane. The young girl driving the pickup truck was talking on her cell phone and did not expect my vehicle to move in front of her so fast. Damage to my vehicle was about $1,800. I took my vehicle into a local shop for 30K service and shortly thereafter and they did not find any problems. I have seen that Toyota claims there is no problem, but this is a serious safety problem. I really never know when my vehicle is going to surge. I have sent a letter to Toyota requesting them to fix my vehicle and pay for the accident. I have not heard from them yet, but it has only been a few days.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #14

Jan 012010

FJ Cruiser

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
I own a 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser with a manual transmission. The throttle management software is a joke at best and dangerous at worst. The vehicle engine RPM will not go below 12-1800rpm when the vehicle is moving unless the speed is somewhere below 5mph. This can be very annoying at times and dangerous at others. Driving on ice, towing a trailer, driving in hilly terrain. There is no engine braking available at any speed above 5mph. When the software does finally close the throttle completely it does so abruptly causing a jerky condition that can lead to loss of control on ice. At 20mph, for instance driving in a school zone, the throttle cannot be set to maintain a steady speed. The vehicle alternates between accelerating and almost complete throttle shut off. There is no in between. I have seen this same behavior when driving off road in steep terrain. Not only is it annoying but it is dangerous. I have had the vehicle to Toyota twice and they claim it is normal for this model and that there is nothing that can be done. The other thing that it does is hold the last RPM for several seconds when shifting between gears. Not so much dangerous as annoying and causes excessive wear on driveline components and is also extremely wasteful of fuel.

- Peyton, CO, USA

problem #13

Mar 142010

FJ Cruiser 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph, proceeding to a complete stop. The vehicle surged without warning. When the brakes were engaged there was a slow response. The failure continued until the gear was shifted into neutral position. The failure occurred spontaneously. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunction. The current and failure mileages were 18,000. Updated 6/1/10 the consumer stated the incidents happened on dry roads and the incidents has happened three other times within the last 6 months. No floor mats were involved during the incidents. The consumer has since traded the vehicle. Updated 06/04/10.

- Ironwood, MI, USA

problem #12

Mar 122010

FJ Cruiser

  • 12,000 miles
My Toyota Fj cruiser once again scared the life out of me. The vehicle again started to accelerate at high speed when traveling down hill. I live in pr with lots of hills. I went to a dorado dealer who told me my vehicle was out of warranty. I had less than 36K miles but have owned the vehicle for more than 3 years. I believe the vehicle is a problem which merits your attention. The vehicle has done this to me many times. Please look into this problem and bring us peace of mind.

- Patillas, PR, USA

problem #11

Jan 012010

FJ Cruiser

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser. While at a stop light or whenever the vehicle would sit idle, the engine rpms would increase abnormally and the vehicle would proceed to lunge forward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where he advised the failure was normal and due to lack of lubrication in the propeller shaft, causing the solenoid to stick. The dealer did not investigate the vehicle any further and to date, the vehicle continued to demonstrate the failure. There were no open recalls on the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000 and the current was 45,000.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #10

Aug 172007

FJ Cruiser

  • 12,000 miles
1) problem has happened twice: Driving approximately 35 mph then hitting a pothole at just the moment braking was required because traffic ahead had stopped; while my foot was on the brake, the pedal dropped to the floor with no braking action. Only after releasing and pumping, did braking action return. 2) this has occurred twice. Both times I narrowly avoided causing accidents -- not to mention the sudden rush of fear and panic I experienced. 3) no corrective action taken. The dealer said they were unable to recreate the problem.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #9

Nov 152009

FJ Cruiser

  • 50,000 miles


I drive a 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser. I've owned the vehicle since August 2006. Two times since I've owned the vehicle, it has accelerated unexpectedly. Each time, it has taken me off guard. One time I was in a 35 mph zone and it got up to 50 or 60 mph. In both incidents, I switched the car into neutral and the engine continued to rev. I waited for the engine to return to normal before putting it back into drive. Both times, I think I was going a slow enough speed that the brake helped slow the vehicle down also. I have inspected my floor mat and it was never near the gas pedal during any of the incidents. I assumed that these were just rare occurrences. Now, after hearing other Toyota owners describe similar issues, I'm wondering if this is related to a mechanical defect.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #8

Jul 152007

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • 15,136 miles
Driving my 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser V6 4X4 on a long stretch of two lane highway in clear weather conditions. Cruise control was set at 70 mph. Vehicle started speeding up on it's own to about 85 mph. I thought something was wrong with the cruise control. Turned off cruise control, nothing happened. Car was still accelerating. Hit the brake pedal and nothing happened. Car was still accelerating on it's own. I was getting ready to put the car into neutral, or pull the emergency brake... when I decided to hit the brake pedal hard with both feet several times. Car finally started slowing down. It was like the vehicle had a mind of it's own. This occurred just before 7/20/09 and I took the vehicle into Toyota for repair when we returned home. They couldn't find anything wrong with it. Haven't had the issue since, but am afraid to drive the car on long stretches of highway. This car is not currently on the recall list. Toyota had a certified master technician run a system test on all computer systems in vehicle and found no problem with the cruise function or any other electronic control components. This was on 7/20/07, that they confirmed all systems were operating as designed. I had two witnesses in the car with me and they saw what happened. I was lucky there were no other cars on that stretch of the highway during that 15-20 minute time frame.

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #7

Apr 152009

FJ Cruiser

  • 20,000 miles
2007 Toyota Fj cruiser. I've had acceleration issues with my Toyota Fj cruiser, as mentioned in the current recalled models. While attempting to come to a stop, the engine revs and "accelerates" at an uncontrollable level throwing the car out of control. This has happened a minimum of 3 time already and possibly more that I wrote off as other issues. 2 of the 3 times I turned sharply to the right and off the road without hitting anyone or anything, applying the brake until the engine slowed down and I could come to a full stop. I called Toyota, (May 2009) and they thought it might be a computer issues affecting acceleration, of course this was before the widespread recall. These issues were not due to floor mats or sticky accelerators. I understand that my car, 2007 fj, is not part of the recall, but has the same issues as the recalled models.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 012007

FJ Cruiser

  • 12,000 miles
I took my 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser into the dealer around the end of 2007, it had 12,000 miles on it at the time. I told them that my gas pedal had stuck and I had to hold the brakes down and turn off the key to get it to stop. I then had to get out of the car in the middle of the road and reach down to release it. They told me that it must have stuck on the floor mat and to just watch it. It then stuck again about a year later and I was able to release it this time by kicking at it. I didn't think anymore of it until all the recalls started coming out on Toyota gas pedals and I thought that you should know about this because it happened on a model that is not on the recall list and that the problem came up over two years ago. This incident is documented at thompson Toyota in placerville, ca. I bought the car new at folsom Toyota 2/2007. Nothing has been done to fix this yet but the service director at thopson Toyota was very concerned this time and said that someone was coming up from the bay area to look at it soon.

- Somerset, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 262010

FJ Cruiser

  • 27,700 miles
Speed control speeds up vehicle when applying brakes to disengage speed control and slow vehicle. This has happened on numerous occasions while attempting to disengage the speed control by using the brake pedal.

- Salina, KS, USA

problem #4

Sep 212008

FJ Cruiser

  • 9,800 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Fj cruiser. While driving 80 mph, the contact noticed that the cruise control stopped working. He also noticed that the speedometer was moving constantly. He pulled the vehicle to the side of the road and noticed flames coming from the back seats of the vehicle. The fire department extinguished the fire and a police report was filed. The contact did not notice any differences beforehand. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 9,800.

- Lawrenceburg, KY, USA

problem #3

Apr 122008

FJ Cruiser 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,550 miles
On last March 12th, I bought from you a Toyota fj 2007 with 13968 miles, it looks like new. My son andres was driving two weeks ago in ocala, Florida and something happened, the car seems like block a wheel by itself with doing nothing, causing that car move to different places and was difficult to drive. Then the turn on several lights in the panel and with those lights on you can drive a car, when it turn off, the car block again and is difficult and dangerous to drive. I gave a car at your services department two times given me an excellent attention. Yesterday afternoon I went to your company to pick the car up and a service advisor told me that you change a speed sensor that was a problem. I was driving to my home and every thing was ok. Then at night I was driven to downtown disney at 60 M.P.H and the car star block again causing that turn 360 degrees in the high way fortunately I didn't hit anybody and didn't knock over. IżM going today to service department for third time. I think this vehicle is not proper to drive. It would causes injury to me or other people and I would like to ask you who is going to be responsible if car cause damages or fatal accidents in the way. I think you can find a solutions from this problem because I donżT want to drive this vehicle any more if you are not responsible for what can cause if block again or federal authorities of transportation can certify that vehicle can be use.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 192007

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1 miles
My vehicle experiences RPM gain when trying to stop, and a the rpms never resided between shifts of gears or until the vehicle was below 5 mph. On several occasions during emergency safety stops the vehicle has actually accelerated during the braking process. Toyota explained that these RPM conditions were due to new technology in automobiles.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #1

Jan 312007

FJ Cruiser 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21 miles
Engine accelerates to 1500 RPM when I take my foot completely off the throttle when driving at slow speeds (under 1500 RPM). This causes the vehicle (manual transmission) to speed up instead of slowing down, exactly the opposite of the "engine braking" that one would expect. I feel this presents a major safety hazard when driving in traffic and / or icy road conditions.

- Foxboro, MA, USA

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