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Old 12-06-2013, 01:07 AM   #31
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I lost my windshield in the RAV when I was passed by a VW on the Coquihalla, a four to six lane paved highway. I told the guy at the glass shop where it happened ( he needed that for the insurance claim ). I told him he wouldn't believe where, and he said he gets lots of business from that highway because they use pea gravel on the road in the winter instead of sand.
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:33 AM   #32
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Hi:gbaglo... I lost my W/S in the Fronty less than 2 mi. from home. We were towing the trailer at the time, and I'm sorta glad it was the W/S and not the front of the 5.0.
Tanker heading the opposite way threw a bullet and I ducked as it would have hit me "Right between the eyes".
As for an FJ I'm not that fond... "Form follows function". Alf
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:11 AM   #33
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Dave,
Your FJ compliments your Escape, nice coordination.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:52 AM   #34
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A few years ago on a trip to the Yucon 9 hits in the front windshield and several on the body mirrors and ect. Don't tell icbc where it happened because they dont cover glass out of Prov. Just say a local Hi-way. Or so Ive been told by some dude at a local glass shop.FYI
This certainly does vary by location, making it difficult to objectively assess the vulnerability of a specific vehicle model.

I recently rented a car in BC, and the guy at that agency - which rents mostly for insurance-paid replacements during autobody repair - said their customers are not allowed to take the cars into the BC interior or even up the Sea-to-Sky Highway... and explicitly not on the Coquihalla. The reason was windshield damage.

For those who might not know, "icbc" is, ICBC, the mandatory BC government auto insurance company.
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Old 12-20-2013, 04:13 PM   #35
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Soon, another Escape 19 with an FJ Cruiser as the tow vehicle..

Sure it has its downsides, but its a tough, reliable and enjoyable vehicle to drive...

I've done many miles in the back seat, and its comfortable, access is not too much of an issue and the suicide doors make a pretty neat changing room when I get back from Mountain biking... The mirrors are huge and that mitigates the issue of the "blind spots" for me. I drive with caution, and due care and I hope I never have a problem. Its a good vehicle off road, as I've found out in the Chilcotins, about 5 hours north of Vancouver. Each to his own. After 20 years of driving Land Rover Defenders, defecting to Toyota was made much easier by this funky vehicle.

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Old 12-30-2013, 11:37 AM   #36
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I have a 2010 FJ Cruiser. Get 21 mpg empty. 18.8 mpg pulling a pop-up and small boat. 65K miles and not a problem. Has "DUAL" Variable Valve Timing. Means the exhaust valves vary also. Tacoma's have "Single" VVT-i (intake only). Jumps the horsepower up by 24. BUT, they rate it at only 4,700 lbs towing and the Tacoma at 6,700 Wheelbase? Just replaced the tires with identical OEM ones. Had Tacoma's since the 70's. The increase in the Tacoma's size made me start all over. Bought an FJ because it did not require a new $1,800 camper shell. There's not much interior space. Miss my Tacoma!

@DavidF: let me know how your experience works out. I'm retiring next August and need a hard sided rig well before then. Looking for a 19'. Live near St Louis. Considering a new Tacoma 4x4 V6 Long Bed and the 5.0 dually. That'd be sweet! I'm full-timing it upon retiring.

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Old 12-30-2013, 12:39 PM   #37
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Welcome to our Escape World, rpriest500
I have a FJ 2012, the specs are 500/5000 with the higher hp motor, going to tow my new 21' soon and will report back.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:51 PM   #38
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I'm looking at trading for a 2014 Tacoma 4x4 V6 SR5 Four-Door Long-Bed for $29,800. I REALLY like the 5.0 Fifth Wheel. Have no problem with my FJ. Had it for 2-1/2 years, 66K. Just won't hook to a fifth wheel and rated at 2,000 lbs more towing ability. Wish I knew how to post a picture. When I click that "picture" icon above, it asks me for a URL? Why can't I just transfer it from a file? Rick
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:55 PM   #39
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You can post pix from your hard drive. At the bottom of the message box is "Go Advanced". Click on that and you will see a paper clip at the top of the message box. Click on that and a box pops up that allows you to browse your computer, select a pic and upload.
I generally click on Preview ( at the bottom of the message box ) to make sure all went as it should.
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