Long-term update: Toyota FJ Cruiser cheap to maintain? We go for dealer service
One of the reasons people buy Toyotas in the UAE, aside from resale value, is that they’re supposedly cheap to maintain. We finally got to put that theory to the test when we went in for dealer service at 10,000 km.
We booked our appointment at the Al Badia service centre, because it is ultra-modern and is the most convenient location for us. Service centres for actual luxury brands feel like slums in comparison, the only issue being you have to wait for the shuttle bus to Dubai Festival City mall and then catch a taxi there.
Anyway, after the service was done by afternoon on the same day, we went to pick up the car. When we bought the car last year, we were promised by the salesman that we get one free service as compensation for long delays on delivery, and that it’ll be on record at the Al Badia service centre. Of course, there’s no paperwork to prove that, and calls back to the salesman led to a dead phone. The service advisor said he can’t do anything if no one from the showroom emails them about it.
We fully expected this “free service” to never materialise before we even went in. It’s the way of the land after all. So we didn’t drag on the issue and just paid the bill.
The luxury-grade service experience cost about Dhs 870 for an oil and filter change, a/c filter cleaning and propeller-shaft greasing. So is a Toyota cheap to maintain? Well, we could get all that done for half the cost elsewhere, which is exactly what we’ll do after the generous 5-year warranty is up. And we fully expect the FJ to be reliable even after the warranty is over.
So wait, Toyotas actually are cheap to maintain. Eventually.
Original Mileage When Bought: 5,500 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 10,500 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 14.5 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 870
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 870