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Old 08-20-2011, 07:23 PM   #1
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Road Trippin!

Just took the taco on a 3000 mile roadtrip to the Grand Canyon from the Big D. I was hauling 6 guys gear in my bed with my softopper up the whole time.

The truck did amazingly well, but I did find out a few things. First, when everyone said that the 4banger was useless on hills i thought it was an exaggeration, not so. it was interesting to have my foot planted and actually loose some speed up a hill. Second, my hwy mpg is the same as city. Third, i really need to upgrade my speakers.

Overall though, it did great. Now I need my oil changed and I'll get the rear spring TSB at the same time
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:06 PM   #2
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Glad you enjoyed it. My 4 Banger is a manual and with a quick downshift to 4 (3 on a huge hill) my truck does fine without mashing the throttle. I assume you're driving the auto?
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:17 AM   #3
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Yep, my 2.7L, 5spd does fine going uphill... do have to downshift into 4th sometimes though. This is on a 70mi road from Fountain Hills AZ (ie, Phoenix) to Payson, AZ, from about 1200ft elevation to 4800ft... so it's a pretty good long drawn out consistent climb out of the Phoenix valley and a good road to test the 2.7's uphill capabilities.
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I am driving an auto. I can see the advantage of manual in the hills though.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:44 PM   #5
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Yep, my 2.7L, 5spd does fine going uphill... do have to downshift into 4th sometimes though. This is on a 70mi road from Fountain Hills AZ (ie, Phoenix) to Payson, AZ, from about 1200ft elevation to 4800ft... so it's a pretty good long drawn out consistent climb out of the Phoenix valley and a good road to test the 2.7's uphill capabilities.
haha LMAO! That hill sucks, then there is the long drawn out mountain into Flag as well! sucks
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Yeah, the hill up I17 to Flag sucks even worse!

The Payson route (Highway 87 or the "Beeline Highway") is one I drive a lot. And I mean a lot... we own some land up in Apache, Co AZ (about an hour east of Show Low) and I drive up there a lot. Have done climbed that hill in a variety of vehicles over the years:

  • 2005 Chevy 2500HD 4x4 6.6L/auto Duramax diesel: truck in general was a constant trouble maker, in and out of the dealer's service department constantly & I got rid of it after 2 years... but it could climb the crap out of this hill without even noticing
  • 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 5.9L/auto: went up the hill fine, but it downshifted aplenty (& got 12mph doing it!)... best done not in OD
  • 2004 Jeep Liberty 4x4 3.7L/auto: went up the hill fine, did downshift quite a bit too... best done not in OD
  • 2008 Jeep Commander 4x4 4.7L/auto: climbs the hill fine, but downshifts a lot too during the process... best done not in OD
  • 2008 Hyundai Accent 1.8L/5spd: 108hp (or something like that) and does a surprisingly decent job... yeah downshift a lot but it is a very light little car & handles it okay... gets about 35mpg doing it!!!!!!
  • 2003 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 2.7L/5spd: does a find job of it as mentioned above... does require downshifting, etc and gets about 21mpg on the climb up (25mph coming back down the hill)
I need to take the Taco to Flag once just to see how it does!
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I am driving an auto. I can see the advantage of manual in the hills though.
Manual FTW!
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man i feel sorry for the guys who had to sit in the back the whole way! lol i can only last about 10 minutes back there
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man i feel sorry for the guys who had to sit in the back the whole way! lol i can only last about 10 minutes back there
I just tell people it's a 2 seater my friends won't go back there and I don't blame em. Owell she still takes me on all my west coast surf/camp trips. The grape vine is the only area she struggles a bit in.
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Just took the taco on a 3000 mile roadtrip to the Grand Canyon from the Big D. I was hauling 6 guys gear in my bed with my softopper up the whole time.

The truck did amazingly well, but I did find out a few things. First, when everyone said that the 4banger was useless on hills i thought it was an exaggeration, not so. it was interesting to have my foot planted and actually loose some speed up a hill. Second, my hwy mpg is the same as city. Third, i really need to upgrade my speakers.

Overall though, it did great. Now I need my oil changed and I'll get the rear spring TSB at the same time
i find my 2.7L 4 cyl with the 5 speed has adequate power. On the interstate where you go 70+ i've never had to down shift to 4 to maintain speed. I run about ~2500 rpm @ 70 mph which at that rpm the engine is make enough power & torque.

Although I travel from upstate south carolina to western north carolina often and there is a few big hills going up in between the mountains on US Hwy 25 that i do have to shift down to 4th to maintain 60 mph.

Overall for me the gearing seems very short in my truck which causes higher rpm overall and enough power usually. I think toyota did this on purpose to make sure the 4 cylinder was pumping out enough power/torque.
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my hwy mpg is the same as city
Not mine. I get 20 to 21 city. Just took a 350 mile trip from 4500' to over 7000' with a lot of up and down in between & back. Mostly hwy and some 40 to 65 mph dirt roads and got 23.5 mpg.
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Glad you enjoyed it. My 4 Banger is a manual and with a quick downshift to 4 (3 on a huge hill) my truck does fine without mashing the throttle. I assume you're driving the auto?
Manual is the way to go.
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