Originally Posted by Chris sandstorm FJ
I am looking at one tomorrow. Is 2001 a good year?
2000-2002 is the only range I'd stay away from. The potential tranny issues are likely few and far between, although Kipper would personally attest to them.. it was enough to scare me away. But more to the point 98-99 is a real rear locker (not A-trac), and cheaper, leaving more on the table to build it up.. and 2003+ is the 5-speed transmission and whoppin 5 more HP, so worth it if you can afford it. But you also need to like the nav screen interface, compared to the more traditional dash & stock head unit.
For me the choice was get a 2003 and have a car payment and no mods, or get a 99 and a lift front locker and a few other things right off the bat and no payment.. I'm still happy with that decision.