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Old 01-02-2014, 01:08 AM   #1261
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wow these numbers seem pretty impressive. is everyone in a 1st gen or 2nd gen?
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2nd generation. I'm filling up at 420 miles on my long commutes (21.1 gal tank) with 2-2 3/4 left in the tank. My gas mileage had been getting better, is that normal on a taco?
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2nd generation. I'm filling up at 420 miles on my long commutes (21.1 gal tank) with 2-2 3/4 left in the tank. My gas mileage had been getting better, is that normal on a taco?

As the engine breaks in, yes. I have 14,000 miles on my 2012 and the last fillup was 25.3 mpg with a mix of town and freeway driving which is not too bad for winter blend gasoline.
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:20 PM   #1264
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Winter mode enabled! I have a feeling I'll need it next week when the temps are well into the negative numbers.

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Old 01-03-2014, 03:26 PM   #1265
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:38 AM   #1266
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Just got my truck last month with only 4mi on it,its a crew Cab(heavier) and today the light finally came on at 320mi,strictly city driving.I checked the oil and it looked like I just had an oil change, we shall see after this 500mi road trip I'll be going on,hopefully mpg will get better.BTW does anyone know how much fuel is left when the light comes on, this one has a 21.2gal tank on it.
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Old 01-04-2014, 06:03 AM   #1267
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It's supposed to be 3 gallons or so but it's left a few of us stranded on the side of the road. For example, one time my old truck only gave me 4.7 miles of warning until it died. It would only take 18.5 gallons too which I found odd.

Then there's guys like worthywads who have all the luck and can run to the fumes every time without issue. He can pump in 20.x+ gallons when he gets there.

Apparently our gauges/senders might stick once in a while if you get one of the accursed ones. Now I plan as if I have 1/3 tank at 12 gallons burned on the trip.
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:40 AM   #1268
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Then there's guys like worthywads who have all the luck and can run to the fumes every time without issue. He can pump in 20.x+ gallons when he gets there.
Hey now that's not true, I only once had a 20.4 gallon fill, and that was just because I had an opportunity to get a 751 mile tank, and went for it to test the scangauge accuracy as well.

I generally have fill at 17.5-18.5 gallon and my light comes on at 17.5 so 3.5 gallons left for my tank. That seems to vary a little with some people reporting 18 or 18.5 gallon fills when the light comes on.
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:56 AM   #1269
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Ah, sorry, for some reason I thought you did it more. Spose I'll shut my big mouth
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:27 AM   #1270
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Ah, sorry, for some reason I thought you did it more. Spose I'll shut my big mouth
Tell us more about results of your grill block.

I've never bothered thinking that the radiator shouldn't really come into play until the engine temp gets up to the thermostat temperature. But I love to hear what effect you are seeing.
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:53 AM   #1271
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Will do.

I originally made it for my last truck because the 4.0 took a long time to get heat out of it, i.e. fifteen minutes or more in the real cold air. Once it finally warmed up, it was fine. It was a young engine so it shouldn't have had thermostat issues, but I agree, the radiator shouldn't come into play. However after the block went in I'd have heat in three or four minutes. Its major mileage boost was when used in combination with removal of the fender intake tube. That put the air filter box's opening directly behind the radiator and in the winter it wasn't unusual to have IAT's 30-40F above ambient going down the road.

This truck has been doing the same to me heat-wise. I hope the grill block speeds things up. I don't get much more than lukewarm heat until I get to work as that heavy iron block is a massive heatsink. Can't do the airbox trick though unfortunately so we'll see if mileage changes. I don't expect much there. After all I got 23.5 mpg last tank bucking snowdrifts in 4x4, how much better can it get in the winter?
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My best MPG and MPT so far!

Went 522 miles on a single tank when the light came on. Fueled up soon after 18.2 gallons = 28.5 MPG! In a double cab!
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Will do.

I originally made it for my last truck because the 4.0 took a long time to get heat out of it, i.e. fifteen minutes or more in the real cold air. Once it finally warmed up, it was fine. It was a young engine so it shouldn't have had thermostat issues, but I agree, the radiator shouldn't come into play. However after the block went in I'd have heat in three or four minutes. Its major mileage boost was when used in combination with removal of the fender intake tube. That put the air filter box's opening directly behind the radiator and in the winter it wasn't unusual to have IAT's 30-40F above ambient going down the road.

I also run an under the hood intake for better gas mileage.




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After all I got 23.5 mpg last tank bucking snowdrifts in 4x4, how much better can it get in the winter?

That's superb winter mileage.
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Old 01-06-2014, 07:30 PM   #1274
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Filled up this evening, 419.1 miles / 17.14 gallons of Hy-Vee's finest 87 octane gas and corn squeezin's = 24.5 MPG Next tank won't even come close, unless I go visit Mom again. Can't complain too much, my last ten fill ups have averaged 23.5 MPG
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I'm running between 22.5 and 24.5 this time of year, which I consider pretty good with cold temps and winter blend gas. I'll take it!
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Old 01-09-2014, 02:56 AM   #1276
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The three days below 0 MPG.......15.6........OUCH OUCH OUCH.. The engine coolant temp never got above 180 and I needed to drive several miles before the trans would shift into over drive.
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Ouch x2

I hear you Mike. This cold snap is offering up some ugly baseline data. The morning temps have been in the low single digits rising into the mid-teens during the day (last 3 days or so). Temps before that weren't much better. Three trips into work netted around 19 MPGs and on the snow days, 4x4 dragged that average down more. Last tank was just a crack above a 20 MPGs average. One thing is clear: ethanol, while not great, isn't the biggest detractor to decent FE. Cold weather is king. I feel for those in the northern most states - that level of cold sucks!
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I only had it in 4WD for about five minutes to get through some nasty drifts. I even used some cardboard to block the radiator. The killer was the trans not shifting into OD. The ultra guage was showing 13 to14 MPG before shifting up.
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This tank is off to a BAD start!



This winter is really getting horrible. I couldn't go fast enough for 5th gear for six days.

Here was a 2nd gear day

http://youtu.be/UzsmX7xAdSQ

I am LOVING the grill block though. It gets good heat in the cab now and the coolant is staying stable between 186-192F after it warms up.
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This tank is off to a BAD start!



This winter is really getting horrible. I couldn't go fast enough for 5th gear for six days.

Here was a 2nd gear day

http://youtu.be/UzsmX7xAdSQ

I am LOVING the grill block though. It gets good heat in the cab now and the coolant is staying stable between 186-192F after it warms up.

I never have figured out why people live up there.....
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