Brought home with 1.78 lakh km running 2011 Toyota Fortuner

This car is not my daily driver, and I still prefer the Duke 390 in town even over the Fabia/Nano. This is for drives to Goa, Ladakh and the Northeast.

BHPian irons Recently shared this with other hobbyists.

A local used car dealer well known to my family sent me pictures of a 1 owner precisely maintained 2011 4×4 MT Fortuner that has achieved 1.7 lacs.

I drove it yesterday, and the car has already been meticulously maintained, all the issues I found were cosmetic and inside which is to be expected for a 2011 car. My plan is to install new carpets, cushions and seat covers anyway and add some accessories like rear camera and navigation system.

I would have preferred it to be AT (so the wife wouldn’t hate it) but these are a rarity of unicorns or twice the price.

  • The seller is asking for 10 liters for it, and I would like to know what is a good price range for a 2011 model?
  • How much can I expect to pay for a 4×4 AT 1st Gen Fortuner?
  • Did I understand correctly that vehicles made after 2016 are second-generation and come with more than one front airbag?
  • I am planning to take it to my local Toyota showroom to give their opinion on the car, anything else should be checked before discussing the car price, would 9L or less be too low for this model?

Any other advice is appreciated, thank you!

This is what BHPian iTnerd He should have said about this:

Just to make your choice easier, there is no AT as well as no 4X2 in the first generation Fortuner, at least in India. Both options were later introduced in 2012.

And all the lucky fans of the first generation (from 2009 to 2015) only come with two airbags.

For an 11-year-old fortune who has 1.7 kilometers of lakes, I would give no more than 8 lacs. And yes, take it to the ASC and check everything. Good luck and God bless you!

This is what BHPian cool_dube He should have said about this:

What is your use case, if I may ask? If the intent is just to hit it off-road and this isn’t going to be your base/family car, it should still be fine.

Although it’s a Toyota and a Fortuner, it’s 11 years old and the individual reading isn’t low either. Please be mentally prepared to spend time and money on regular maintenance, should you end up buying it. Moreover, this generation may not be the safest – two airbags, no rear discs, irregular brakes, etc. As tempting as it may be, please consider all of these aspects before you take the plunge.

This is what BHPian Doonite He should have said about this:

It has nothing to do with the first generation Fortuner but hopefully this helps a potential buyer.

I don’t have the pictures on hand but my relatives upgraded to a 2nd generation Fortuner 4×2 MT (2015) from Xuv500 (launch version) after a year and a half as per my suggestions. He could have bought any high-end model of German marquees too, but he wanted a reliable work force as with a run of 30-50 km per year, the Xuv500 caused major headaches during its lifetime.

The car was bought from a used car dealer in Karol Bagh, Delhi and was owned by someone who worked at the Dutch Embassy if I remember correctly. Immaculately maintained with only the driver side door repainting which is a good thing because the job was done well and the car had full service records. The single reading was somewhere around 59,000 km. The purchase price came down to 15.5 Lakhs from the original asking price of 17.5 after some negotiation and there was some % of the dealer’s commission as well as iirc.

Since then, my cousin has only spent the regular servicing and upgraded the tires to an Apollo Apterra AT2. He also removed the middle row bench and added separate captain’s seats with padding but the expected comfort level still fell short according to him. There were no vibrations to speak of given that the car had traveled more than 1 km of the kilometer and continues to perform its duty reliably. No rattles or squeaks from anywhere.

I don’t see any point in venturing out on this particular Fortuner because the first generation is pretty long in the tooth now, and presumably the ride was pretty bumpy if we go by the official reviews. Even though it’s a Toyota, that mileage is something I wouldn’t be comfortable with especially in such an old model. If your budget is strict, you can check it out at Toyota ASC and then make an informed call.

If the budget can be extended, I would highly suggest moving to the second generation models later in the year because they have additional electronic security technology and are readily available. Just look for the low to medium mileage model that is not modified especially with the cheap Chinese LED lights that people love to decorate the second generation Fortuner.

BHPian irons He had the following update to share:

Thank you all for the replies, I pulled the trigger on the car

My reasons:

  • Came across a well-known tip, one owner, meticulously maintained and history of service
  • ASC took almost a full day to check the car, the chief service engineer at Fortuner had taken a long drive with me and was happy with the car’s engine, transmission and suspension
  • A few of the second generation I found were 14L+ and way over my budget
  • I didn’t mind buying the first generation and dropping some money on parts as needed
  • I closed the deal for much less than requested and was happy to read the amounts suggested here

My next step is to replace the rear brake pads and take it on a trip to Goa and Karwar. Then replace the floor mat, roof upholstery, seat covers and head/fog lights and install the navigation unit. Let’s see if this drive comes out of anything.

Did some light off-roading on a ranch near Shirval, which has a mud-track approach only in the rain, and didn’t lock in a different position on worn out Michelin AT’s, as the car slid through a slight slip at times.

This car is not my daily driver, and I still prefer the Duke 390 in town even over the Fabia/Nano. This is for drives to Goa, Ladakh and the Northeast. After 5 or more years, I’ll probably sell it or sell it all and install the cabinets, 6-inch lifts and 36-inch tires and keep it as a pure off-road vehicle.

I have a lot of questions about accessories and mods, I’ll post them in the appropriate sub-forum, cheers!

Read the BHPian comments for more ideas and information.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: