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Nissan Xterra, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Car Buying, SUV
#1 of 41 Nissan Xterra vs. Toyota FJ Cruiser
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 13, 2006 (6:51 am)
Compare the X with the FJ - or the Xboxx if you're a Toyota fan vs the FakeJeep if you're a Nissan fan.
#2 of 41 Xterra vs FJ Cruiser
Jun 13, 2006 (5:10 am)
Am considering the purchase of one of these vehicles and would appreciate any advice. Thanks.
Jun 13, 2006 (6:57 am)
Sorry Steve, i dont get your reply.
#4 of 41 Re: huh? [brianj1]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 13, 2006 (7:03 am)
Just trying to split out some of the comparison talk from the bigger discussions to make it easier to find the thread.
Jun 14, 2006 (2:13 pm)
I'm considering both of these vehicles and can't seem to decide. Based on style alon, I'm drawn to the FJ. they both have similar stats in terms of fuel economy, pick up and braking ability, although I think the xterra is a little more road worthy and the FJ is a little more off road worthy. The negatives on the FJ are the lack of rear visibility and the limited access to the back seat and a rear side window that is small and fixed. But the style of the FJ really draws me in.
#6 of 41 Re: I'm Stuck [56bartman]
Jun 17, 2006 (10:48 am)
I'm in a similar boat. The main thing right now is that I'm also planning on having this car for awhile, and while the FJ Cruiser would be fun now, and look cool, 5 years down the road it may not be as practical, or safe due to the visibility/suicide doors. Also, you can't even get an FJ cruiser now for below MSRP, while Xterra's are selling either at or near invoice plus a $1000 Manufacturer rebate (until the end of June.) The funny thing about these two cars is that there really isn't any other car like these two, and that they are really the only REAL SUV's out there - for a decent price.
#7 of 41 Re: I'm Stuck [aazevedo]
Jun 17, 2006 (2:34 pm)
Have you tried using costco pricing? I am still undecided, but what has made it harder is that I was able to get invoice + $1500 pricing at the dealer that costco sent me to! On the xterra I was able to get invoice + 500, less the 1000 rebate which amounts to invoice less 500. The xterra pricing is a little higher than the FJ, so with all the desirable options, the vehicles are very close in price. What to do.....?????
Jun 20, 2006 (7:16 am)
I'm debating between the two myself. C&D did a very similar Comparison a few months back but they included the Jeep Cherokee, and Hummer H3. In the C&D test Xterra was #1 and the FJ took 3rd behind the Grand Cherokee #2. I think I would be able to get an Xterra for a little cheaper (leftover 05) but I think long-term an 07' FJ will hold its value better. Does anyone know what the aftermarket support is like on the FJ vs Xterra? I know Tacomas and 4Runners typically have better aftermarket support than Frontiers and Pathfinders, but the Xterra is built on the Titan platform so I think down the line a lift kit for the Xterra might be easier and cheaper. Does anyone know how similar the FJ platform is to the 4runner or Tacoma? Anyone looking into these two should check out what Car and Driver had to say in their comparison a few months back. Having driven them both I favor the Nissan but I know that Toyotas typically hold their value better. I really donít like the FJ's driving position even if it is better for off road it just isn't as empowering as the Xterra's ride position. Considering how closely matched these two are I think I will go with the Xterra
#9 of 41 Costco Pricing Update
Jun 21, 2006 (2:10 pm)
The dealer called me yesterday to say that a blue fj had arrived and was not yet spoken for. After confirming what options it had I reminded him that we had discussed costco pricing at invoice +$1500. All of a sudden he had to check with the manager and when he came back he said oops, the fj is exempt from costco pricing and they would have to sell at MSRP. I'm in no rush and I'm going to wait it out, or buy the xterra!!
#10 of 41 Toyota is losing goodwill with the FJ Cruiser pricing games.
Jun 26, 2006 (12:17 am)
>>> The dealer called me yesterday to say that a blue fj
>>> had arrived and was not yet spoken for. After
>>> confirming what options it had I reminded him that we
>>> had discussed costco pricing at invoice +$1500. All of
>>> a sudden he had to check with the manager and when he
>>> came back he said oops, the fj is exempt from costco
>>> pricing and they would have to sell at MSRP. I'm in no
>>> rush and I'm going to wait it out, or buy the xterra!!
Well done! I also walked away from buying the FJ Cruiser when I saw the games Toyota and its dealers are playing. How are they even allowed to advertise a base model when it's actually not available for sale? I hope the DA of an aggressive state like California looks into this.
I also hope everyone that's angry at what Toyota is doing refuses to buy an FJ Cruiser and then emails or calls Toyota customer service to explain that their business practice lost Toyota an easy sale, in addition to a lot of goodwill.
After over 20 years of buying Toyotas, I'm walking away and won't be back unless there's a significant change at Toyota.