Long-term update: Our Toyota FJ Cruiser has its first real issue
Our Toyota FJ Cruiser is running trouble-free, as we expected it to do. We even took it off-road, where it did phenomenally well (despite the confused thumb gestures by our offroad monkey Vivek “Payero” Menon in the photo above). But it’s currently facing a minor (or major, depending on how you look at it) concerning the exterior trim.
A rubber window-trim piece on one of the rear-side half-doors has partially torn off over time and hangs in the wind. So we figured we’ll get that addressed at the next service.
We had the “20k km intermediate service” done at the dealer, which cost Dhs 1,566, after “discount”. As per the receipt, the cost breakdown is listed as Dhs 660 for labour, Dhs 385 for parts and Dhs 521 for “others”, whatever that is. This included a limited-slip diff oil change, with the oil itself costing less than Dhs 100. The total also includes a Dhs 240 cabin air filter.
The above service was done in late May. We were told the rubber-trim issue will be sent for warranty approval. We called them a month later. They seemed to have no clue what we were talking about, and promised to call us back. That was a week ago.
Original Mileage When Bought: 5,500 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 17,354 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 14.5 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 1566
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 3106