Long-term update: Toyota FJ Cruiser — Smart repair and new Dubai plates
Some loser managed to scrape the front bumper on our Toyota FJ Cruiser while it sat in the parking lot, running away without even leaving a note. Luckily, it looked like our truck left more damage on their car than the other way round.
The paint was damaged on only one of the silver protrusions that make up the front bumper, with no actual dents. So we went in for a smart repair rather than wasting time calling the cops. The Toyota dealer offers it for Dhs 399 per panel, and after a weekend, it was as good as new.
We dropped it off at Al Futtaim’s shiny new Toyota facility near Dubai Festival City. The setup is a bit perplexing, as you enter the gated area and can drive in your car-to-be-serviced as if you’re valeting at a hotel, which is nice, but there are no clear parking lots if you’re just visiting, so you have to valet at the main entrance even if you’re there just to hang with your pal.
That’s what we had to do with our Audi R8(!) test car, wasting time having to explain to the valet guy how to use its weird gearbox. But we suppose our “problem” was unique. All in all, it’s still a much nicer facility than what even luxury brands offer.
On another note, our FJ now wears the new Dubai logo on the numberplate and has become a bit of a head-turner. It’s a straightforward process to get one — find the right link on the rta.ae page, pay Dhs 420, and pick an available date as well as a location to hand in your old plates for new ones. We were early birds so we got it quickly, but right now it could take up to a month to get a date. And before you start whining, remember that it’s still optional and you don’t really need it, just like half the things you already own.
Original Mileage When Bought: 5,500 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 8,200 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 17.7 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 0
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 0