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Old 10-31-2012, 01:45 PM   #29
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I notice that large windowless area. Does that give you any problems backing? On my VW Golf, the blank area behind the back door blocks the view of traffic when backing out of an angled spot.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:39 PM   #30
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I use my side mirrors while backing.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:01 PM   #31
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I notice that large windowless area. Does that give you any problems backing? On my VW Golf, the blank area behind the back door blocks the view of traffic when backing out of an angled spot.
One of the biggest issues that some people have with the FJ is the relatively large blindspots that are present, especially on the passenger side of the truck. You can get around that to some extent by having your mirrors adjusted properly, but it can be an issue under some circumstances. Backing out of parking spots is where I have the greatest difficulty, as you can not always see the traffic coming (particularly on the passenger side).

Other than that, the FJ is a great truck to drive and a lot of fun in the mud.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:14 PM   #32
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So far my significant other has been my eyes for that side, but I can see (no pun intended) that traveling solo will be more sight restrictive.
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:05 PM   #33
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For the same trip around and thru the Alleghenies to Burnt Cabins PA., I got 15.1mpg on 05 4runner 4 litre 6. Very similar to Tom E.'s number from the Tundra p'up. I have done 16- on runs which did not require climbing over as many ridges. I went over one genuine "climb" between Thurmont MD and Burnt Cabins. Came home the PA turnpike whose grades were not engineered by livestock or Indians and are thus a bit more gentle. V6 in the 05 is said to be 245hp while Jim's "identical" powerplant is 260hp.

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I filled up today and check the mileage, dropped from 17 mpg to 15 mpg. The 17 mpg may have been inflated since it had some non towing use (30 miles) while today's figure is strictly towing. Still pleased and the motor still has less than 1000 miles on it! I read somewhere that once it is broken in (10,000 miles) that your mpg will increase by 10%.
Jack,as mentioned above, my motor has an extra valve or cam over the Forerunner motor, causing the differential in h/p! I got it because of the military look, not the motor.
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I think you picked the right one check out this link Top 10 2013 cars with the best resale value - Yahoo! Autos
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:24 PM   #36
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Glad to see I made a wise choice, also the backup mirror is the best for solo hookups.
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