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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 29th, 2015

A few days ago we got our first peek at what the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser may end up looking like. After reading some of the feedback from our own readers and others around the web, it turns out that not many folks like the new look that they’re seeing in the facelifted Land Cruiser. Personally, we’d be more excited if Toyota gave some love to their retro off-roader, the FJ Cruiser. Here’s a 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser for reference:

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser

The current FJ Cruiser has been on the market for almost 10 years now with only one minor update for the 2011 model year. But, it still stands out as one of the most eye-catching cars on the road (and off the road, as the case may be). It would make perfect sense for Toyota to upgrade the FJ Cruiser, since they just recently came out with a new version of their Hilux pickup, whose platform the FJ Cruiser is built on.

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is rugged and retro, and this 2013 model year is no exception. You can see that this car looks to have received some aftermarket treatment… The tires are Mud Grippers Extreme Terrain truck tires, and the grille and rear tire cover both look to have received some extra chrome. Beyond that, you’ll have to get more details via the auction sheet translation at the bottom of this post.

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser rear

Under the hood, this Toyota FJ Cruiser runs on a 4.0L V6 engine paired up with a six speed automatic transmission and AWD. The engine outputs 260 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. The car boasts almost 10 inches of ground clearance, which is enough to make it a true off-road vehicle. For those of you familiar with off-road lingo, you can get a steep 34-degree approach and 30-degree departure with that ground clearance, and the SUV is capable of driving in up to 28 inches of water and can tow a full 5,000 lbs.

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser interior

Inside, the Toyota FJ Cruiser is a tad sparse (you could call it utilitarian), but it still keeps the same retro styling as the exterior. The quirky colorful nature of the FJ Cruiser is maintained in the cabin with color inserts such as the bright orange one you can see in the image above.

I probably don’t need to tell you that this 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser Japanese car auction find is in above-average condition. It’s got an overall rating of 4.5 with a B-grade interior… So about what you’d expect from a 2013MY. For more information, keep reading below the auction sheet.

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered October 2013, Color Package model, FAT, AC, service book, four-wheel-drive, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, one owner, digital TV, reversing rearview camera, A-TRAC, right-hand drive, Bristic Jester 20 inch 9J alloy wheels, Fuel Mud Gripper 33 x 12.5R 20, Pro Comp 3 inch raised suspension kit and 4 x shock absorbers, Eagle Eye colourless indicators and front turn signals, chrome parts, grill cover, hood trim, rear mounted spare tyre cover has matching paint, driver’s seat wrinkled and worn, interior has area of grime, scratches and light scratches, front windshield has stone scratches, other marks as per map”


Japanese Car Auction Finds: LHD Toyota FJ Cruiser

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

It was not until December of last year that Toyota made their FJ Cruiser available in Japan. Whatever you may think of the styling, there is something cheeky and fun about it. I mean, compare it with Toyota’s more serious offroaders of the past (the Landcruiser model springs to mind), and you will see what I mean.

It really does not take a lot of imagination to picture an FJ Cruiser driving through the California sunshine with a couple of surfboards on the roof. Which is interesting, as the US has been the FJ Cruiser’s playground for a while now. That does not mean that no one in Japan wanted one of these quirky vehicles. In fact, I wonder if Toyota keeps an eye on gray imports to see what Japanese consumers are willing to expend a considerable amount of time and resources in bringing into Japan from the US?

After all, until a few months ago, the only way you could get an FJ Cruiser in Japan was to import it from the US – and then you ended up with an LHD one like the one below, rather than a RHD version that would be easier to drive on Japan’s roads. The California dream obviously rubbed off enough that quite a few people took the leap and got one from the US, like this 2007 model below:

LHD 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser - front

2007 Toyota LHD FJ Cruiser - rear

LHD versions of cars made by the Japanese manufacturers are not as popular as LHD cars from other non-Japanese makers, such as Mercedes, BMW or Porsche, but for niche models, like this FJ Cruiser, there is some demand, resulting in a steady trickle of LHD Japanese cars in the car auctions here.