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Toyota FJ Cruiser, HUMMER H3, SUV
#20 of 39 Re: Ha - That is a laugh... [tidester]
Jan 24, 2007 (7:35 pm)
things to consider.
-Full time 4wd with locking center and rear differential on both auto and manual models (toyota manual only).
-Extensive factory offered underbody armor.
-Upcoming 5.3l version supposed to come out in 1 year or less.
-Better approach and departure angles.
-Factory 33in tires optional
-Better crawl ratio via lower geared transfer case and lower differentials.
-Great reliability according to consumer reports.
-Faster and a little more fuel efficient.
-About 1/2in more ground clearance and better break over angle.
-Factory 32in tires offered
#21 of 39 Re: Ha - That is a laugh... [blue330xi]
Mar 11, 2007 (7:42 am)
Been a 4-wheeler since '72. 69 Bronco, 76 Cruiser, 79 Cruiser, 79 CJ5, 81 Bronco, 93 G Cherokee, 96 Discovery, 98 4-Runner, 04 Z71 Tahoe, 07 TRD FJ.
76 Cruiser most rugged, 81 Bronco best pulling (front ls & rear locker), 98 4-Runner most reliable (240,000+ miles, < $1000 repairs), 04 Tahoe most comfortable. Jeeps were least reliable, Cherokee had to be towed in (4 times). Early Cruiser had problems with rust and valves. Couldn't afford parts for Discovery. FJ best equipped and capable for all-around/off road use. Purchased FJ over Rubicon, H3, & Xtera because of MPG rating, towing rating, and superior Toyota quality/reliability.
#22 of 39 Re: Ha - That is a laugh... [offroader5]
Mar 11, 2007 (8:29 am)
I test drove the H3 and the FJ and found the FJ to be jerky on the small bumps that I encountered. I found the the H3(with out the adventure pac) to ride better in everyday type driving. I felt the FJ, with is styling outside and plastic toy like inside to be more for a younger person than myself. The inside of the H3 was more to my taste. I live in Colorado(over 7,000 feet you lose 25% of your power)and am in the mountains quite a bit. So I felt both would serve me well in the snow, mud, hilly as well as city conditions that I encounter. The H3 seemed a bit under powered for all the weight it carry's Not so the FJ. I went with the H3 however, I put a Vortic supercharger and a better exhaust system. Costly but for my situation it has been very good.
#23 of 39 Re: Ha - That is a laugh... [bschatz]
Mar 11, 2007 (9:38 am)
Please tell us how does the H3 behave on the highway. We drove one briefly in city traffic and I felt a very slight vibration through the chassis - it wasn't the tire balance type vibration. We didn't have enough time to determine if it was the road or something with the vehicle. Otherwise I loved it, I've never been in a more solid car/truck in my 59 years.
#24 of 39 Re: Ha - That is a laugh... [bschatz]
Mar 11, 2007 (11:42 am)
Still bored and lazy but just this last minute read this post. Very interested in the vortec upgrade and exhaust. Also don't believe in K&N from ford experience and a filter test link from a gentleman at lost. GM paper filter, nano no oil filter, curious. No mods intended soon. Would've liked a push rod long stroke inline 6 at the least. Did pushing more fuel/air in the mountains destroy your mileage?
#25 of 39 Re: Ha - That is a laugh... [extech2]
Mar 11, 2007 (11:47 am)
Test drive more of them and if you don't buy the adventure package try for replacement of the "goodyears". Their st's on the crd are junk (even at the bottom of goodyears own list when I looked almost two years ago)and have read of puncture problems with the base h3 goodyears.
#26 of 39 Re: Ha - That is a laugh... [tired_old_dave]
Sep 08, 2007 (5:57 pm)
i have had my h3 for 9 months now and have had no trouble........ but i have had alot of pleasure it gets looks everywhere i go even from fj owners lol also the h3 is very solidly built and has no inner fender cracking like the fj's.
#27 of 39 Comparison has some real merit
Sep 11, 2007 (3:33 am)
If you head over to Edmunds.com and compare the 2008 H3 (5 cylinder) and 2008 FJ - they're a heckuva lot similar than you would think. In fact, the H3 has near-equivalent 2008-rated gas mileage (city is worse) and cargo room (seats up) while its rear seat room, regular fuel requirement (vs premium), 4 doors, and superior bhp all seem to be clear advantages. Even the depreciation costs appear near-equal. Seems like this is one case where Toyota imitated GM, and not the other way around. If you add the V8 of the alpha model to the mix, I think the H3 is pretty dominant. All it lacks is a bare-bones, off-road only model. Don't forget that you can also get a navigation system and sunroof on the H3 too.
#28 of 39 Passed first anniversary
Sep 12, 2007 (4:42 pm)
Blue_Beauty has passed her first year anniversary, 14k miles, and one dealer trip to replace one of the plastic push pins that hold the leather seat cover on.
#29 of 39 Re: FJ or H3 [monty2222]
Oct 28, 2007 (9:35 am)
FJ is a really wierd looking vehicle, tail lights, windows look strange.
does nothing for me.