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Made To Drive | S06 E11

This Toyota FJ40 Is A Rugged Companion

Family-owned for many years, it's an iconic off-roader with a story to tell
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Shawn Bokaie
Shawn Bokaie
6 years ago

Rugged indeed!

COC Europe
COC Europe
6 years ago

I love this [url=”http://www.coc-europe.com/coc-toyota”]Toyota [/url]FJ40. Great Alternative to [url=”http://www.coc-europe.com/coc-ford”]Ford[/url] Bronco or Land Rover.

J P
J P
6 years ago

Fantastic video and a great little runabout FJ. This reaffirms my love for these simple trucks!

Brenda
Brenda
6 years ago

I saw this link from a forum and wanted to add a comment on your site. This is really a wonderful piece. Aside from very nice video and scenery the piece is really touching given how much that guy loves his FJ and the memories it’s made for him. I’ve always wanted an FJ because of their utilitarian look and feel. Thanks for making this – it’s really nice.

John Golembiewski
John Golembiewski
6 years ago

What is the info on the song that starts around 4:39?

Simon Courtney
Simon Courtney
6 years ago

Brilliantly shot and great family story on such a legendary truck. Got me stoked to fuel up the FJ45 and find a far off fishing spot this weekend.

Nate L
Nate L
6 years ago

Great video again Petrolicious! As and owner of a ’71 FJ 40, this video, for me, captures a lot of the essence of what is so great about these little trucks. Keep up the great work!

Greg Overton
Greg Overton
6 years ago

I was immediately stunned by the video. Knowing what it took to put this together, all I can say is BRAVO! The FJ40 is a very solid example and Josh has a great story to tell. I’ve been working with Land Cruiser buyers and sellers for years now and they range from young fans willing to put in a lot of sweat equity to Doctors and professional types who want to do nothing but get in, turn the key and go! I have found the vast majority to be great to work with and genuinely nice people.

JB21
JB21
6 years ago

A lovable Toyota is way too far in between, I don’t know why such a big company with technology and know-how like Toyota can’t make more lovable cars. FJ40 is definitely one of rare lovable Toyotas. What a great car, such a feel good car. Fantastic video!

Ray Houghton
Ray Houghton
6 years ago

I remember back around 1969 my father was the first in the neighborhood to buy a Toyota Corona. All the neighbors gave him grief over his choice, but he would tell them about the reliability, gas mileage, fun to drive, but still they gave him grief. These where the days when big American cars ruled the roads. This was at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and I don’t know if it was winter setting in, or all the grief from our neighbors, but I remember coming home from school and finding the Corona gone replaced by a soft top Land Cruiser. To a ten year old boy this was one of the coolest things ever. I remember my father taking me for a drive. We went just down the road to trails where me and my friends would ride our bikes and later our minibikes and dirt bikes and four wheeling around. I was sold.

When I got old enough to drive myself I owned one, almost all of my friends owned one. We would spend our weekends in the rocky Mountains finding out where this or that dirt trail went. The only issue was their tendency to tip over. Two of friends tipped theirs over. One by going around a turn on a dirt road a little too enthusiastically, and the other was on the road going a bit too fast for the conditions, got a little sideways on some ice and rolled when he regained traction back on the pavement. though both were tipped back their wheels and driven off. Of all the cars I’ve owned over the years this is one I wish I still had.

Thanks for another great video.

Nicolas Moss
Nicolas Moss
6 years ago

What an awesome video. Incredibly shot, and totally exudes all of the sense and sensibilities that I like to associate with Petroliscious. “I enjoy driving it. I feel good every time I get in it.” Well said Josh!

Dennis White
Dennis White
6 years ago

The little car that could! Great how we all love our different types of drives and how we can appreciate those of others.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
6 years ago

First … great tastefully resto-modded FJ40 as well as a pretty decent video effort

Talk about a car who’s value has been escalating in leaps and bounds . Well restored/resto-modded FJ40’s in gentrified ski towns such as Vail , Aspen , Sun Valley , Telluride etc going for in excess of $100k lately … with unrestored well used ones easily reaching $40k or more .

The FJ40 being yet another example of the functional , practical and easy on the budget becoming the darlings of the gentry immediately escalating the prices to stratospheric levels with little or no justification other than the car having become the current ‘ trend ‘ among the rich and sometimes famous

Which is to say Josh .. regardless of the makers intent … the FJ40 has officially become …

” Cutesy Poo ” … trendy wendy gentrified ‘ cutesy poo ‘ in fact .. whether you and I like it or not

Oh … and by the way … I know where all the parts have gone . They’re being hoarded by those gentry [ and their mechanics ] paying ludicrous prices for their Fj40’s . Fact is I personally know of at least three major stockpiles here in Colorado alone .

Ugh … [ the situation .. not the car , man or video ]

Jarrod H
Jarrod H
6 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

Not true. Not true to the point of being ridiculous. The values are going up, realistically HAVE gone up, not because these are now suddenly popular with the “gentry” but because there are not too many left. Cruisers rust and they do so quite badly. The 40 will rust while you watch it. Tubs and frames turn to dust and since these have been used and abused, not many made it out alive. Many parts are still available and being reproduced as there is plenty of demand for them. To say that they are expensive because the rich are buying them is hilarious. There are not enough rich people in the country to snap up every 40 still rolling around.

A good 40 can be bought for $20k all day long. A fool and his money might buy a $100k 40 series but that is not the norm. Nowhere near it. This is all coming from an actual Cruiser owner. Not an outsider looking in at an artificial environment like the ski towns you mentioned. That is not real life. I could have a solid 40 in my driveway tomorrow for less, a HELL of a lot less, than anything you have mentioned. [url=”http://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/1968-fj40-fst-with-tbi-in-nh.882572/”]Here is the perfect example[/url]