Well… I did it. Something completely unnecessary. Something frivolous. Something that I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time.
I got a Toyota FJ Cruiser.
Yes I know. I’m ridiculous. And probably an idiot.
But I don’t care.
I have a thing for quirky vehicles (I.e. MINI) and have wanted an FJ Cruiser ever since they were introduced in 2007. Kind of retro styled– a nod to the original FJ40’s- and definitely distinctive on the road. Especially with the two tone paint.
Mine doesn’t have the two tone color scheme– he’s just white and black.
It’s big. It’s kind of hulking. It doesn’t get great gas mileage. It screams “micropenis”. And I still don’t care.
The luster had worn off MINI’s awhile ago for me. I was never very happy with my current one, and then having the transmission go out on me just soured me even further. So I’d been looking for a new vehicle for months.
I just couldn’t find any car that struck my fancy. I really don’t like anything that’s out right now. Well- except for high end cars which I can’t afford.
Which brings me back to the FJ.
I found myself looping back to the idea of a bigger vehicle. Something patently “not mini”. Something that was really different for me.
And I kept finding myself on used car websites looking at the FJ’s.
FJ’s are a bit hard to come by. Their owners tend to keep them for 100-200k miles. And beyond. So there aren’t many to come by. And they don’t make them anymore, which adds another wrinkle.
All of which got me thinking “If not now… when?” If I didn’t take a chance on one now, I probably never would. I’m not getting younger and the vehicles will just be harder and harder to get.
So I did it.
And I think I love it.
Naturally I have some buyers remorse. But only because I have this need for approval from others and I worry that everyone will be thinking me stupid and frivolous. But I did get extended warranty, and the vehicles are pretty reliable.
Things I love– the utilitarian nature of it. No nav system, no super fancy electronic dash, etc. It’s spartan and easy to use, and the interior is basically rubberized for easy cleanup.
It has cargo space. The rear seats basically fold flat. It has 4WD. It has a roof rack. It can tow 5000lbs.
And I think it looks pretty fucking bad ass.
Will I regret the lower gas mileage? Yes. Will I regret not having AWD? Maybe. But for now I’m going to enjoy it.