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Old 12-01-2007, 09:28 AM   #1
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4 wd Fuel Consumption?

How does the use of 4wd affect fuel consumption? For example, the 2008 EPA milage estimate for my Tacoma is 17/22 (2.7 Access Cab). How would the use of 4wd affect those figures? Thanks.
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How does the use of 4wd affect fuel consumption? For example, the 2008 EPA milage estimate for my Tacoma is 17/22 (2.7 Access Cab). How would the use of 4wd affect those figures? Thanks.
Not quite half, a little better, realize that 4wd is a huge tool when the ultimate goal is to get where you're going, it's not about mileage. I'ts a cost I will spend all day long, but considering where I live, a no-brainer.
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Old 12-01-2007, 09:14 PM   #3
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Not quite half, a little better, realize that 4wd is a huge tool when the ultimate goal is to get where you're going, it's not about mileage. I'ts a cost I will spend all day long, but considering where I live, a no-brainer.

Thanks for your reply. Are you saying about an average of 10 mpg in 4wd? Wow, I didn't realize it would be such a difference.
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Thanks for your reply. Are you saying about an average of 10 mpg in 4wd? Wow, I didn't realize it would be such a difference.
Yeah it kind of bites ! I see 10 maybe 12 offroad playing in mud, 12 -14 mpg on road lets say on the way home, snow covered, sloppy, icey. Still with those dismal numbers I would have it any other way, getting home, and doing it better than anyone else !
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I'll take 12 to 14 mpg if it means being more stable on an icy road and keeping out of a ditch...
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I'll take 12 to 14 mpg if it means being more stable on an icy road and keeping out of a ditch...
Just tonight I engaged the front end and drove in relative security for many miles, had I not had it, I would be like the rest people struggling to keep it between the paint lines.
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Just tonight I engaged the front end and drove in relative security for many miles, had I not had it, I would be like the rest people struggling to keep it between the paint lines.
I don't know about ya'll... But I used 4wd extensively on Sunday. I would say of the 250 miles the truck had when I filled up, a good 100-125 were with the 4WD engaged. It was disgusting and I had to get there, I rather use it than lose it.

I filled up and got about 16mpg... About 1/2 of the miles being on 4WD.

I like that alot. My old pathfinder would have given me a wimpy 10-12 on the same route.
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Just having 4wd will also hit on your mileage. Toyota rates the prerunner and 4wd as having the same mpg, but this is definitely not the case.
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Just having 4wd will also hit on your mileage. Toyota rates the prerunner and 4wd as having the same mpg, but this is definitely not the case.
So what is the case ? I have heard this and that, so do you get better ?
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So what is the case ? I have heard this and that, so do you get better ?
of course
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I also live in Rochester, NY Concrete Jedi. This is my first winter utilizing a 4wd vehicle. Our weather has been for the birds lately here but there's nothing worse than driving to work on a Monday morning in a 2wd vehicle finding yourself bitching and moaning at work about how awful your commute was. Now I find myself actually looking forward to using the 4wd. F the mpg - I'd rather pay the extra cash in gas than a $500 deductible.
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I also live in Rochester, NY Concrete Jedi. This is my first winter utilizing a 4wd vehicle. Our weather has been for the birds lately here but there's nothing worse than driving to work on a Monday morning in a 2wd vehicle finding yourself bitching and moaning at work about how awful your commute was. Now I find myself actually looking forward to using the 4wd. F the mpg - I'd rather pay the extra cash in gas than a $500 deductible.
Welcome, and truer words have not been spoken. I could not imagine the maddness with 2wd on our idiot filled death ribbons. We'll have to hook up and check out our rigs, do you have pix ?
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The pics are in my profile. I haven't updated them since I installed the Undercover and the blacked-out headlights but nevertheless, it's still a beauty. I think there's other Rochestarians on this board. We should get together.
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Just tonight I engaged the front end and drove in relative security for many miles, had I not had it, I would be like the rest people struggling to keep it between the paint lines.
i have MAD sideways driving skills in my taco bro
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hey i live right by you guys concretejedi!!!
Well, next time your in town stop by for a few "pops" , then we'll see your mad skills on the sideways driving.
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Well, next time your in town stop by for a few "pops" , then we'll see your mad skills on the sideways driving.
i try not to drink too many "carbonated beverages" sir haha j/k, but i don't drink pop hardly at all...oooooh i said it....but hey i'll bring some beer!! beer just led to another exhaust mod on my taco, i am proud to say that HANDS DOWN, I OWN THE LOUDEST TACO OF TACOMAWORLD! don't i get some kind of award for having an exhaust that rattles my empty sweet tea cans in the cupholders? honestly the whole truck vibrates and shakes haha
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Well, next time your in town stop by for a few "pops" , then we'll see your mad skills on the sideways driving.
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i try not to drink too many "carbonated beverages" sir haha j/k, but i don't drink pop hardly at all...oooooh i said it....but hey i'll bring some beer!! beer just led to another exhaust mod on my taco, i am proud to say that HANDS DOWN, I OWN THE LOUDEST TACO OF TACOMAWORLD! don't i get some kind of award for having an exhaust that rattles my empty sweet tea cans in the cupholders? honestly the whole truck vibrates and shakes haha
Damn it!!! Every time you use that word and angel doesn't get its wings...
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