fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,300 miles

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2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser brakes problems

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2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 262010

FJ Cruiser

  • 27,000 miles


2008 Toyota Fj cruiser, build date:10/07. Have had unnerving experiences with the brake system on my fj.(1) when braking over a non smooth road the brake pedal pulsates for a long period and does not stop the vehicle. (2) had to panic stop and hit the brakes hard, they locked up, there was no braking just the ABS took over and locked up the brakes hard to the point that I was glad I was wearing my seat belt, because I would've been lying in the street.(3) the pedal will be hard one time and mushy the next when applying the brakes. When the pedal is mushy the brakes do not work appropriately, nearly rear ending people or locking up the brakes to stop. (4) when at a stop the pedal was mushy and I tried to "pump"up the pedal by pumping the brake pedal, all the warning lights came on (related to the braking system) the dash and an annoying alarm sounded, has happened 3 times now. (5) when the pedal is mushy I can push it down all the way to the stopping point/floor with no resistance. Called the dealer they said they have never had any "issues".

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #7

Jul 102010

FJ Cruiser

  • 15,000 miles
When braking suddenly over uneven road the Toyota fj fails to stop in a safe and constant manner.

- Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

problem #6

Jun 172010

FJ Cruiser

  • 11,500 miles
I own a 2008 Fj cruiser and have had brake issues. As I approach a stop light and try to stop, the brake pedal goes soft and nothing happens. I pump the brakes 3-4 times before the brakes suddenly engage and stop abruptly. This has happened 4 times since December 2009 and my dealer tells me that there is nothing wrong. This scares the [xxx] out of me and I almost ended up in the back seat of a Benz this last time. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Glenview, IL, USA

problem #5

May 102010

FJ Cruiser

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,500 miles


I have a 2008 Fj cruiser manual transmission. This is the 2nd time this has happened to me since I've owned the truck. On May 10th, I was driving down the highway at about 70-80 mph. The truck to the right of me seemed like he wanted to change lanes in to my lane. I hit the breaks to let him in but the braking power being applied to the rotors was a lot harder then what I needed. In other words, it seemed like the computer thought my brake pedal was all the way down to the floor when in reality, I just needed a quick brake. Anyway, the wheels locked up to and released. It scared me how hard the truck stopped-- almost caused an accident behind me. The brakes then released and I kept going, but could smell the burnt rubber for another mile. This was a cement highway road that may have had some cracks in it but I don't remember if being particularly uneven. Just seemed like the computer misunderstood how much actual pressure I applied to the pedal and over braked. The first time this ever happened was probably a year ago when I was going around 20mph. Again, don't remember the condition of the road being overly terrible.

- Mendota Heights, MN, USA

problem #4

Nov 152009

FJ Cruiser

  • 10,000 miles
Brake issue: Unresponsive at first... the pedal stutters a bit and doesn't seem to engage the brake. Then I release and re-apply and then it become over-responsive. This issue has happened to me approximately 3 times since I purchased in 12/2008. All incidents occurred as I was coming to a stop at an intersection.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 172010

FJ Cruiser

  • 35,700 miles
I drive a 2008 Toyota Fj cruiser. This evening while coming to a stop at a busy intersection, I hit a small but hard bump in the road and completely lost my brakes momentarily. About a second later the braking was restored, but not before I went through the stop and entered a busy four lane highway narrowly escaping a crash as an on-coming car swerved. This brake problem sounds eerily similar to the already recalled prius, and since Toyota has not been very proactive in its recalls I believe this is the same problem on yet another vehicle model. What should I do about this problem?

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 092010

FJ Cruiser

  • 7,700 miles
When rolling to a stop sign my 2008 Fj cruiser ran over uneven pavement and the brakes went haywire. I almost ran the stop sign with no control over the vehicle.

- La, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 152009

FJ Cruiser

  • 29,000 miles
2008 Toyota fj have experience momentary loss of braking capability while traveling over an uneven road surface, pothole or bump similar as to what has been reported with prius. Vehicle continues forward without slowing down even though brakes are depressed after hitting a pothole. Release and reapplication of brakes often results in emergency hard braking. No accident occured but vehicle traveled well into interchange.

- New Philadelphia, OH, USA

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