Updated: Mar 1, 2021
I posted this thread on the Land Cruiser Forum IH8MUD.com in 2017 and it's grown to about 5 pages of additional observations from other members. Hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
After reading thousands of “For Sale” ads for FJ40’s over the years, I have come to some conclusions. This is not intended to be critical. It's more for fun! For those of you newbies looking for an FJ40, you may benefit from the following observations and translations. As for the rest of you, let's hear yours!
Disclaimer: I am guilty of a few of these myself
All FJ40’s are “RARE” No matter what model, year or condition.
Every year FJ40's were produced is a “desirable year” for a variety of justifications.
The term “All Original” means whatever you want it to mean.
"No Rust" means some rust in all but the rarest of cases.
“Rust in the usual places” means rust everywhere!
Any and all modifications are “tasteful modifications”
If you want your life to take a “different direction” or you need to “move on to another project”, buy an FJ40, it will happen!
“NEW" is defined by USE, not necessarily time.
“Most”, “almost”, “major”, “minor”, “virtually”, “thoroughly”, “fully”, “partially”, "extremely” and “solid” are open to interpretation.
Mechanical parts like clutches, and brakes may not work great as long as they “feel” great.
“Bed liner” or any variation thereof is always used only for “protection". Not to cover anything.
Anything you cannot prove is “believed to be accurate”
Spell checking is optional. Brakes are often “breaks” and a winch can be a “wench”.
If you want something to sound great then make it “highly sought after”
Apparently, many “Rock Crawlers” are owned by senior citizens and have never been off road.
Photos of the undercarriage, engine bay & interior are not needed if you have 12 nearly identical photos of the passenger side.
All FJ40’s have always been "stored inside”
“One of a kind” is not necessarily a "good thing”.
Stopping and turning are always done “on a dime”.
They are all “head turners and very few FJ40 owners would disagree that these are “FUN” to drive!
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