I have decided to post all of the mods I have done to my tacoma in an effort to get the best gas mileage possible. Any ideas on other aftermarket products are encouraged. I drive about 5000 miles in a month so every mpg counts. Here is how I ended up with a taco.
I bought my 2004 taco in July of '08. I had an s10 that had serious engine trouble. I had rebuilt the top end of the motor (everything was brand new). I spent over 4 grand in the stupid thing ( I only paid 2300 for it) It was a 2.2L 2wd. I figured it a waste to get 4wd as I did not need it (until I started getting stuck and had zero traction) with my small 4cyl I was limited to what I could tow. I did manage to get 28mpg highway out of it though.
I started reving at stoplights though and I decided to get rid of it. I am self employed and was on the brink of loosing all my accounts if I did not have a reliable vehicle. I vowed to never buy another american junker. I did a bunch of research on tacos and frontiers up till 2004. the frontiers V6 was a huge gas hog and their 4cyl did not have a 4wd option. I decided to go with a taco. My father-in-law had owned one till the frame rusted out. Best truck he ever owned. I was haveing trouble finding one though. I needed an extended cab but not a 4 door. It had to be a standard and had to have 4wd. and it couldn't be white. I drove over 100 miles to look at one and eventually bought it. '04 xtra cab sr5 TRD package. 3.4L 4x4 103000 miles. I had to finance 15000 for it. Best decision I ever made. Over 30k miles put on it and I have done nothing but maintenance to it.