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TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ
Based on the Prado chassis, the FJ Cruiser is an odd mix of the fabulous and the impractical. It’s a great drive, on the road. And off it, it’s every bit as good. I love this car! Fun, fast, easy to drive, and in the rough, over rocks and on the trail, it is not just competent, it’s brilliant. And, what is so good, it’s good even without spending another dime on it. Perhaps a set of off-road tyres would be advisable, but that is all. And if that isn’t enough, add some larger wheels, lift it a bit and it’s an outstanding off-roader. I had one of these for a full day and loved every second. But would I buy one?
Maybe. While I loved it for a day, would I love it for a couple of years?
Firstly, I have a family. I wouldn’t put my dog in the back of an FJ. I would be cruel. It’s not just cramped back there; it’s claustrophobic. It may be the world’s only four-door, two seater vehicle. (the rear doors are opened from the inside once the front doors are open) The rear seats are there for something to put the shopping on. And not surprisingly, rearward vision is not good at all, and the odd shape makes parking in a tight spot a bit tricky. There is not lots of space in the back for an outback trip, although this can easily be corrected with a roo-rack. But for two people, for the weekend trail and the occasional overland trip, it could do very well indeed. The ride is excellent, on tar and rough track, the steering a little vague (like the Prado) but its not a deal breaker, and the dashboard and interior is spartan to the point where the lack of features is attractive. The flashes of painted steel are just enough to make a statement without looking cheap. No carpets, which I like very much, because the sound insulation is good, and they are easy to clean. For me, it’s the ideal solution for a dual purpose vehicle such as this.
Secondly the engine. Because the 4.0 petrol V6 engine is the only option, the FJ Cruiser is a going to be a bit pricey to run. A D4D version, I am sure, would sell very well. But it’s unlikely to happen, given that this vehicle was developed for the US market, and has been given to smaller markets like Australia and South Africa, where it has not really taken off. And I believe this is the reason why.
PRODUCT REVIEW – TAKMAT SOUND INSULATION FLOOR MATS
My idea was to take Takla’s already successful waterproof and indestructible floor mats (TakMats) and add a unique feature. It occurred to me that some of the more rugged four-wheel drives, such as Land Cruiser 70-series, Land Rover Defenders and Jeep Wranglers, have one thing in common in that they are quite noisy inside. My question was, could this problem be solved? More . . .