I saw a new looking dark green one in a parking lot yesterday and wondered if they were still making them. Guess that answers my question.
I have a soft spot for these, although I'd probably still get a Grand Cherokee over it.
That's 26 highway, right? What's your city mileage like?
I should add that I don't think the FJ was a flop, I just think they could have gone further - solid front axle, removable top, a little more utilitarian interior, etc... There's no doubt they are tough as nails as are pretty much all Toyota 4x4s. I wouldn't trade my current Toyota pickup for anything-except maybe a 1978 FJ-40
I used to slag on trucks with independent suspension until I got my old Ridgeline. I had always been a die-hard Jeep fan. They're great off road, but lousy on-road. Then I realized that, for the most part, nothing in the Pine Barrens requires a vehicle have that much flex. (Maybe if you're going into a super deep mud hole, but if you are then you deserve to get stuck.)
I think Toyota realized that while the truck is great for being off-road the vast majority of them wouldn't go, and likely a sizable demographic would be people like myself who just want to tool around the woods and not climb up mountains of butter.
Nice truck, Bob. I still think the Taco is the best looking small pickup. The body sits just right. On your starting problem, I'm going with O2 sensor.