Originally Posted by LEDFoot
If you ask me... a lot of the Japanese car reliability is mostly a marketing myth
LEDFoot you are pretty close to hitting the nail on the head. Since Toyota has changed its goal from being the best to being the biggest, its quality has dropped. In the near future we will begin to see the same problems that has plagued GM show up at Toyota.
Have fun looking at this: This is basically a copy and paste of a post that got me flamed over at the FJ Cruiser forum. Ignore my comments, draw your own conclusions.
***One of the problems I have been seeing pop up is there have been at least 4 people I know that have blow the rear differential on their FJ or 4runner. The reason why this is happening is when Toyota up-sized to the 4runner and FJ, they did not beef up the rear ends. Toyota is still using the same light duty rear end as it used when the Tacoma was a mini truck. Nothing has been up graded. The only change has been to lengthen the axles for the increased width of the vehicle. The FJ and 4runner are now heavier and have more powerful engines, thus the reason why the rear ends are not holding up.
Full but not overloaded
When I showed the folks on the FJ Cruiser Forum this they claimed the owner was an idiot and over loaded the vehicle and that was the reason for the blown diff. It is obvious that he is still within the weight limits of the vehicle. So, yes the rear diff in the FJ is weak.
Broken lower control link
The same guy also broke one of the lower control links. You can see it right behind the brake line.
The cheap thin wall tube Toyota uses for its control links
A closer look at the link. As you can see they are made very cheaply. There are no less than three different companies making beefier ones already. I believe this speaks for itself.
What a blown FJ Cruiser sounds and looks like on the trail
This movie is about 10 Meg, so it will be a long down load for dial-up users, sorry. He blew the diff going up Cadillac Hill. A second FJ Cruiser tried pulling him through the rest of the trail. Even with the first FJ helping out by leaving it in 4WD and running as a FWD vehicle, the second FJ also blew his diff!
I donít know about you guys, but Iíll take a Dana 44 over the weak stuff Toyota is putting under the FJ Cruiser. ***