Our manual Toyota FJ Cruiser has been chugging along trouble-free. There’s absolutely nothing to report except the cost of the latest service as well as someone puking in it.
We took it in for the 15,000km service, and apparently the dealer had a discount running that brought down the price from a high Dhs 800 to a realistic Dhs 550. We threw in new wipers as well for Dhs 130. And a smart repair (offered by the dealer, but outsourced) of the scratch on the rear bumper corner (left by some idiot without a note) cost us Dhs 500.
Later on, it finally got a thorough cleaning inside and out after we lent the car to our offroad monkey Vivek “Pajero” Menon. His kid puked in the back seat, probably because Vivek drives like a monkey, so he took it to a car wash facility and got the “deep clean” done several times until there was no smell left. So aside from a couple of door dings, our FJ is looking new again.
So far, it’s cost us more in RTA expenses to just park the FJ than it has been to maintain it.
Original Mileage When Bought: 5,500 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 15,200 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 14.5 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 680
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 1550