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August 31, 2006

FJ Car Computer Update

I couldn't stand the thought of waiting a week and being without the FJ for a couple of days to have the new computer installed, so I screwed up my courage, grabbed some wrenches and wire cutters and went to work.

I'll post details later, but there were no sparks or fires and everything was working great . . . and then I made a mistake. It's my own fault really, and the story involves drivers (the software kind), backups (the kind I don't have) and a tech support guy who has every right to say "I told you we didn't support that!"

To be continued . . .

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Way to go Terry.

Man I can just see some GPS software and some great topo maps running on that screen. Must be awesome.

Posted by: Marshall Harrison - "the gotspeech guy" | Aug 31, 2006 6:41:27 PM

I think you have given me some inspiration. I was just sitting here working and took a little break to look up and see if anyone put a computer in an FJ. I always wanted an FJ, almost picked one up about 10 years ago in high school but didnt happen.

I know there are a ton of sources out there but I was curious if you could share your overall opinion of the new FJ as the only car that would be in my garage.

I currently have a fancy pants lexus though I really miss the vehicle I had before it, an 97 TJ that I didnt worry about and could take anywhere. Sorry the dropped lexus with 18" rims and all doesnt really cut it.

Thanks for the posts btw.

Posted by: Hornswaggled | Jan 30, 2007 10:05:10 AM

Thanks for reading my blog! I also wanted an FJ years ago, but never got one. Before the FJ I had a Volvo 850 that I had for business, but before that I owned three jeeps. The FJ just fits me better. I really enjoy it and though I haven’t had it off on a serious off-road trail yet, it has done great in the deep snow that we’ve had this year in Boulder. I haven’t got it stuck yet. The only slight complaint is that stopping on ice is not as sure as I expected. I think my Volvo was better, but it isn’t bad at all.

A lot of the reviews mention the poor visibility out the sides. Every once in awhile I’ll have to lean over to see when I’m backing out of my driveway at just the right angle, but on the road I don’t notice a problem. I grew up driving vans and trucks with no side windows though so maybe I’m just used to using my mirrors.

This is my first Toyota, but I’ve been very happy with the quality. I don’t think I had to have anything fixed after taking delivery. Mine was the first FJ in Colorado so it was really unique at first, but I’m starting to see a lot more of them. It only comes in four colors this year, so I’m starting to see FJs just like mine on the road.

The gas mileage isn’t great, so at some point I may still get that Smart Car that I once had a deposit on just to help reduce the emissions into the world. Long-term, say ten or fifteen years from now, maybe the FJ can get an electric conversion. The torque from electric motors would be great for climbing rocks!

Let me know if you have any specific questions and I’ll try to answer them.

Posted by: Terry Gold | Jan 30, 2007 10:25:02 AM

I was just doing a random search for Carputer's on google and you popped up. I see this was from a long time ago but wondered igf your carputer was still up and running...

I have been planning one for years and not finally getting parts together

Posted by: Justin | Jul 14, 2012 7:58:48 PM