Last post on Jun 29, 2007 at 5:44 PM
You are in the Toyota FJ Cruiser
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Toyota FJ Cruiser, Car Safety, SUV
#14 of 21 1 year report
Apr 27, 2007 (5:40 pm)
I've got 40k miles on my fj and only 2 real complaints--#1 the blind spot which has been beat to death #2 plastic body cladding which scratches easily and isn't repairable--good candidate for an aluminum fabricator to oem--20mpg
#15 of 21 you'll get used to it...
May 10, 2007 (5:11 pm)
I've had my FJ for 5 months and am now comfortable with the 'blind spot'. I set my mirrors so that the bottom 2/3 are below the horizon line and seem to see everything on either my left or right.
I love this car -- i have it as a second car and use it to go up to the mountain, to lug stuff around or when it rains (my other car is a convertible)
#16 of 21 Re: you'll get used to it... [adethier]
May 13, 2007 (7:22 am)
I'm not a big Toy fan, but I think the FJ is one nice lookin' vehicle. I sat in one on our local lot when they first came out, the visibility would be a concern for me.
But like pretty much everything, we humans can certainly adapt. How are FJ sales doing? I've seen many on the South West Coast of Canada. And similar to a nice looking woman, I can't help but glance.
On another note, Toyota is planning on re-introducing the Supra? That could be good.
#17 of 21 Toyota Stylists Ruin Function
Jun 05, 2007 (9:41 am)
When do blind spots constitute a serious safety hazard? Yesterday my neighbor backed his FJ into the street sign in front of my house and knocked it over. Fortunately it was a sign and not a person. Just like MOST people wouldn’t buy uncomfortable shoes just because they look good, I wouldn’t buy a car/truck that doesn’t allow the driver to see properly out the back (Unless it had large mirrors and a back up alarm like a commercial vehicle). The dropped rear roof line, the small rear window, the high spare tire and the C pillars all contribute to seriously restricted visibility. Damn the looks!
#18 of 21 Setting the Mirrors!!!
Jun 12, 2007 (7:05 pm)
I hate to sound harsh about this, but rollbar's wife is a dangerous driver because of the way she sets the mirrors. It is ABSOLUTELY WRONG to set the sideview mirrors so that the driver can see the sides of the vehicle in them. Unfortunately she is not alone; millions of drivers in the U.S. do exactly the same thing. This originated from decades ago when, to be frank, care was NOT taken in teaching people how to set up a vehicle for driving. But in the case of setting mirrors, it did NOT make sense then and it does not make sense now. If you can yourself in the mirrors, then you are NOT able to see the other guy. It's just common sense and thinking for 2 seconds beyond the normal thought given to driving & safety by most people.
The sideview mirrors should be set as follows:
looking in the rearview mirror, as an overtaking vehicle's bumper just leaves the view of the rearview mirror, it should just be coming into view of the sideview mirror on the side that is being overtaken (passed). This should be the setting for both left & right side view mirrors. When set properly, the sides of the vehicle being driven are NOT visible in either sideview mirror.
I've heard it said that it should be absolutely unnecessary for a driver to swivel his/her head around in order to see what is beside or behind the vehicle being driven--everything should be visible in the mirrors when properly set.
#20 of 21 Re: Setting the Mirrors!!! [steve_]
Jun 29, 2007 (2:10 pm)
It could be me...nonetheless, these links do not seem to work
#21 of 21 Re: Setting the Mirrors!!! [gypsyjon]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 29, 2007 (5:44 pm)
Seriously, a few people do have problems getting to the CarSpace links for some reason.
Try going to the Guides tab at the top and then you can drill down to the mirror adjustment blurbs that way. The easiest way find them there is to hit View All under the Driving and Safety section.