definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,700 miles

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2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser brakes problems

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2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 022014

FJ Cruiser

  • 50,500 miles


I would like to note that this was the third incident in over a two year period. The first two incidents I dismissed as driver error but now I am certain that this was not the case. This is certainly a vehicle defect, and a dangerous one at that. Here is what happened: I was at a full stop at a red light. On green, I accelerated very slowly as I was taking a 90 degree left turn. At the exit of the turn there was a metal plate (maybe a manhole cover or other utility type cover) which was part of the road. I passed over this object, like all other traffic does, about the same time as I started applying my brakes to slow down (I think I braked immediately after...not sure). I had a sudden feeling that the ABS brake system was on and the truck was not slowing nearly as fast as required. The brakes clearly felt as they failed. Another light lay right in front of me. Had there been traffic, I would have rear ended the person and been at fault. On the previous occasion, I felt the same experience. At that time I reacted by lifting my foot off the brake, and it restored braking power. Again, fortunately, no one was in front so I did not collide. However, both times my stopping distance increased dramatically and unsafely. Weather conditions at both of these times was daytime, clear, dry, and temperatures say in the 30-40S. There was absolutely no ice, rain, sand, or snow. Brake issue comes on, it seems, with a sudden wheel hop or loss of traction, almost in tandem. This is a very serious issue and I am extremely concerned, as I feel my life is literally at stake. I love my Fj cruiser and it is maintained by Toyota and taken care of extremely well. It is clearly a vehicle defect. I have read of similar instances on user forums but I have seen no action taken. I need some guidance or advice please. Thank you, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Northfield, CT, USA

problem #2

Jul 152013

FJ Cruiser 6-cyl

  • 25,600 miles
When braking at freeway speeds (anything above 60) the car vibrates, most apparent in brake pedal and severe vibration in the steering wheel. First started happening when the car was still under warranty, but after several months with this problem, warranty had expired. Looked on the internet and came to determination that front brake rotors were prematurely warped - someone else with Fj cruiser had the same issue. Vibration worsens with higher speed conditions. Could lead someone to lose control of car or hit something in emergency braking condition. Took my car in for recall on seat-belt and had the dealer look at the brakes too. Dealer indicated that sufficient brake pads existed at both front and back, but front rotors were warped. I had front brake job (replace pads and machine rotors) at a cost of $249.77. In my opinion, this is a serious safety issue and should be corrected by Toyota motor company at their expense.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 182012

FJ Cruiser

  • 31,000 miles
I have a copied a post I found regarding 2007 fj's, as I had the same problem with my '07 fj, and after 6 months of repairs and no solutions, I traded it in for a 2010 fj, and now I'm having the same exact problems, as described below: I have a 2007 Toyota fj. The steering seems terribly weak and unpredictable. I've had the wheels aligned three times, but the problem continues. Toyota says the there is no issue but that the steering on this style vehicle is just sensitive. While I really enjoy the vehicle, I'm always on full alert when driving knowing that at any given time, the steering may suddenly take the vehicle left or right with no predictability. I have never experienced a newer vehicle that requires so much attention to the steering. It may go left or right when the roadway surface changes, when encountering uneven roadway surfaces, when transitioning from wet to dry or ice to clear pavement, or for seemingly no reason at all. Often I find myself actually counter steering (inputting opposite tension on the wheel) to keep the vehicle from going leaving the lane I'm traveling in. It is very unpredictable while changing lanes. As I begin a slow move to an adjacent lane, the steering may suddenly just pull me over to which I then have to counter steer to keep from going too far. I took my 2010 fj to a Toyota dealer where I bought it here in abq, and they said they couldn't find anything wrong, of course. They said they would file a complaint with Toyota headquarters and sent me on my way. With my '07 fj I had the front brakes done, all new lug nuts, new tires, new shocks and struts, 7 alignments, and 3 rotation and balances (on the new tires), all within only six months using 5 different shops, and it still wasn't fixed. I am very unhappy and do not feel safe on the road in my 2010 fj. Please help.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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