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Old 04-27-2013, 10:55 PM   #981
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Adjusted for tires and gears you are right with the Automatic. The 5-lug turns only 1.6% lower.

However with the stick the 5-lug is turning 10% lower.
This is interesting. I wonder if my speedo being almost 7% off has something to do with this. When going 75, my gps says I am going around 70 on flat road.
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This is interesting. I wonder if my speedo being almost 7% off has something to do with this. When going 75, my gps says I am going around 70 on flat road.
Nahh... That's intentional.
Mine is the same way. My motorcycle is worse, to the point that I installed a Speedo-Healer to correct it.

It is very common for Japanese vehicles to be as much as 12% "fast" on the speedo. Part of this is the European CE standards impose heavy penalties if the speedo reads a speed lower than actual.
Basically, if you were speeding, you can't blame the vehicle for misleading you.

Typically, the odometer is about half the speedo error... my Kawasaki and Taco are pretty close to that. Honda got spanked in civil court over the odometer running 10% high... ended up having to give away some extended warranties.
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Tires tires tires and shift points.

Drive conservatively. No matter how hard you bang em out, the truck will always be slow lol. So racing onto an on-ramp or redlight to redlight is pointless.

Be easy when starting from a complete stop(if manual)
Oh and get the stock intake back on it. I loss 2mpgs when i put my K&N CAI on.

I get 350-375miles per tank on 255/60 hankook ventus all seasons and drive 60% city 30% backroads(55mph) and 10% highway(75mph)
The truck came with 265s, and I have 31s on there and there almost the same size. I know my bfgs are alittle heavier so I get that will bring it down a bit but not that much. I know my truck isnt fast and i never floor it. I always try to keep my driving slow and when it goes green i go easy on it but still only get 270 a tank lol.

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The air filter is not helping you.

But the main thing... 2nd Gen carries 21 gallons of fuel, so an '04 and an '08, both getting 25mpg, are going to see a 75-100 mile difference before the low fuel light comes on.

Also, the best numbers you're seeing in the thread are coming from the 5-lug trucks like mine. I can reliably go 400 per tank without a problem... generally won't even see the light until I pass 400, and a couple of tanks have been good enough to where I could have made 500 on a tank.

Prerunners and 4x4s are not going to do as well. Stock tires for a 5-lug are 205/70-15... that's a 26" tire. Prerunners and 4x4s run a 30" tire, and the extra 40-60mm width increases rolling resistance.
Well I have the stock intake. I just changed the filter to a afe pro dry flow one. Thats all. Everything else is completely stock. By the way I have an auto.
You have some good infor. I do know that 4x4 and 4x2 are different and there mpg will not be the same at all. Its just weird that my friend has a 03 2.7 but stick and gets over 400 a tank and me with auto gets 270. I know there would be a difference but that big of a gap lol. Seems weird. I also have the 456 gears. Idk lol. Im gonna change the plugs and see if that helps. Thanks guys
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My fourth tank on my new 2012 Tacoma, not sure if I can improve on these numbers, would love to get it up to the 26-30MPG range. My gas light had just came on, but had to stop where gas was cheaper.. I think I could have got 430-450 miles out of this tank.. All stock, except air pressure.

Scan Gauge showing 24.9MPG. Actual pump numbers, gallons=409 miles/16.7=24.49MPG

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My fourth tank on my new 2012 Tacoma, not sure if I can improve on these numbers, would love to get it up to the 26-30MPG range. My gas light had just came on, but had to stop where gas was cheaper.. I think I could have got 430-450 miles out of this tank.. All stock, except air pressure.

Scan Gauge showing 24.9MPG. Actual pump numbers, gallons=409 miles/16.7=24.49MPG

For a 4x4, that is great!
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I will say the one thing killing these trucks are that they have so much rolling resistance. My other car is a prius, and on some down hills when I go to neutral in my prius it picks up 5-10mph, in my Tacoma it gains very little or slows down, but hey it is a 4x4 truck.. A scan gauge can help anyone with mpg's, I have found just a little change in throttle makes a big difference in mpg's but almost no difference in power.. I will be going to synthetic motor oil after my free oil changes, and see if that helps..
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I will say the one thing killing these trucks are that they have so much rolling resistance. My other car is a prius, and on some down hills when I go to neutral in my prius it picks up 5-10mph, in my Tacoma it gains very little or slows down, but hey it is a 4x4 truck.. A scan gauge can help anyone with mpg's, I have found just a little change in throttle makes a big difference in mpg's but almost no difference in power.. I will be going to synthetic motor oil after my free oil changes, and see if that helps..
Don't go to neutral on an automatic trans in a Tacoma. With the engine at idle, the pump is not running at a high enough RPM to properly lubricate the trans at highway speed.
Same goes for the transfer case on a 4x4... the splash lubrication is driven from the input.
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Its a 5-speed
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Its a 5-speed
That was more of a general warning to someone reading that doesn't know.
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My Taco is getting better and better mileage. I'm still working out of town and racking up a LOT of highway miles. The current tank is 100% gasoline, and has 455 miles on. The gauge is barely below 1/4 and the light is NOT on.

The last few tanks I've been getting mid 25's to low 26's.

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So dang close. 286.3 miles, 11.479 gallons, overall 24.94 mpg. I guess I should have put a little effort into that one.
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So dang close. 286.3 miles, 11.479 gallons, overall 24.94 mpg. I guess I should have put a little effort into that one.
It will happen as we get into summer. Late summer and early fall seem to be the best for me.
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So dang close. 286.3 miles, 11.479 gallons, overall 24.94 mpg. I guess I should have put a little effort into that one.
Been fighting 23-24 for a couple of months. Couple of weeks ago it took a turn for the better, delivering slightly above the UG estimate.
Today was 351 on 13.94 for a 25.2. Only had 12 tanks better over the last year (72 fillups).
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My Taco is getting better and better mileage. I'm still working out of town and racking up a LOT of highway miles. The current tank is 100% gasoline, and has 455 miles on. The gauge is barely below 1/4 and the light is NOT on.

The last few tanks I've been getting mid 25's to low 26's.

The low fuel light came on at 483 and I had about 20 mile stretch ahead of me with no gas, so I filled up at 488. 17.9 gallons for 27.26 mpg.

I sure wish we could get ethanol free gas here.
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The low fuel light came on at 483 and I had about 20 mile stretch ahead of me with no gas, so I filled up at 488. 17.9 gallons for 27.26 mpg.

I sure wish we could get ethanol free gas here.
Damm that's hell of a good tank. Wow. Must be nice having that kind if mpg. I'm gonna switch to my factory highway tires and see if it gets better for now on. I just got 308 on a tank but can't get close to 400 lol.
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Damm that's hell of a good tank. Wow. Must be nice having that kind if mpg. I'm gonna switch to my factory highway tires and see if it gets better for now on. I just got 308 on a tank but can't get close to 400 lol.
Not sure what you're running now for tires, but stock might be better. My next set will be for a highway rated tire. Question for you Miguel: is that your old ride in you tag line??
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Not sure what you're running now for tires, but stock might be better. My next set will be for a highway rated tire. Question for you Miguel: is that your old ride in you tag line??
That's my truck I have now. A 2004 2.7 Tacoma. I did put some 31.10.5 .15 on my truck. BFg ats. So I can see my mpg dropping alittle. I'm gonna put back the stock highway tires and see how my mpg is and then I'll know what the difference is you know? I like the aggressive stance the tires give but I drive alot so many a good highway tire is the way to go you know.
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Got 25.1 on my last tank! gotta love summer fuel mixes coming back!
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That's my truck I have now. A 2004 2.7 Tacoma. I did put some 31.10.5 .15 on my truck. BFg ats. So I can see my mpg dropping alittle. I'm gonna put back the stock highway tires and see how my mpg is and then I'll know what the difference is you know? I like the aggressive stance the tires give but I drive alot so many a good highway tire is the way to go you know.
Your tank is what, 18 gallons? Ya... I'd be looking for gas at 300 miles even at the MPG I get in my 5-lug.
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