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Pick of the Day: 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser becomes a modern collector car

Rising popularity and prices show the high qualities of style and capability


With winter quickly approaching where I live in New England, I have been thinking about vehicles that are classics, or modern-day classics, that would be great for dealing with all the snow we have out here.

Sure, I could opt for a classic Ford Bronco or Land Rover, but I decided if I want something that would work well in all weather conditions and also be reliable, as having issues with a car in the winter months is worse than in the spring to fall, with the worst case getting stranded in the snow with a broken car, I decided to look to japan.


The Pick of the Day is a 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser that will work in all conditions, be able to cross most obstacles, and offer reliability that is legendary.

This FJ Cruiser is being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in northeast Pennsylvania, and it looks to be a great example of these retro-inspired modern-day collectibles. It has covered only 61,583 miles from new and is likely to be good for a few hundred thousand miles or so.

Finished in its original Sandstorm Beige paint with a Dark Charcoal interior that make it even more retro looking, the Cruiser is described by the seller as being in good shape.


The many photos in the ad show every part of the car you want to see and depict a very well-cared-for example. One of the nicest things about this FJ Cruiser is that it appears to be completely stock down to the wheels, something that is rare with these SUVs.

The Cruiser’s engine is the same Toyota 4.0-liter V6 that powers the 4Runner and Tacoma, putting out 239 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, which is plenty to cross any trail you can think about.

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During the past 18 months, the prices for FJ Cruisers have been on the rise, which I can’t say I did not see coming. These capable and fun-to-drive trucks offer vintage Toyota FJ-inspired styling combined with a modern powertrain, a comfortable interior with such niceties as working A/C, and reliability that’s absolutely top of class..

Low-mileage examples of the FJ Cruiser are more and more difficult to find, especially ones that are completely stock as this one is. With an asking price of only $23,991, this FJ Cruiser seems to be an excellent deal on one of the most fun modern collector cars I can think of.

cruiser, Pick of the Day: 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser becomes a modern collector car, ClassicCars.com Journal

Sure, a classic Land Rover Defender 90 is more valuable. but the D90 will never be as reliable as the Toyota FJ Cruiser, which offers practically everything that the Land Rover does in a similar package.

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.



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