Toyota FJ Cruiser - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Toyota FJ Cruiser owners have reported a total of 681 problems for their cars built in the 9 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Toyota FJ Cruiser. The 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser cars have the most problems reported (432 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Toyota FJ Cruiser

  Common problems of Toyota FJ Cruiser

The following chart shows the 23 most common problems for Toyota FJ Cruiser cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's structure (142 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's service brakes, hydraulic (115 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Toyota FJ Cruiser

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Structure
142
  Service Brakes
115
  Visibility
90
  Power Train
50
  Steering
47
  Vehicle Speed Control
32
  Seat Belt
32
  Wheel
25
  Suspension
25
  Equipment
18
   
  Electrical System
18
  Tire
17
  Air Bag
15
  Engine And Engine Cooling
14
  Unknown Or Other
10
  Traction Control System
7
  Gasoline Fuel System
6
  Seats
5
  Electronic Stability Control
4
  Other Fuel System
4
  Exterior Lighting
2
  Air Brake
2
  Latches/locks/linkage
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Toyota FJ Cruiser of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across FJ Cruiser model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Toyota FJ Cruiser model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across FJ Cruiser Model Years

FJ Cruiser
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2014 1417,7264    
0.20
  2013 1115,2435    
0.14
  2012 2314,8526    
0.26
  2011 3011,0187    
0.39
  2010 6019,3958    
0.39
  2009 63,1859    
0.21
  2008 10441,93110    
0.25
  2007 432109,17611    
0.36

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Toyota FJ Cruiser is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2014 FJ Cruiser
5
  2013 FJ Cruiser
7
  2012 FJ Cruiser
12
  2011 FJ Cruiser
10
  2010 FJ Cruiser
25
  2009 FJ Cruiser
5
  2008 FJ Cruiser
14
  2007 FJ Cruiser
111


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