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4 cyl V.S. 6 cyl

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by concrete jedi, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. Jan 26, 2010 at 4:42 PM
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    concrete jedi

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    Has anyone gone from a 6 cylinder engine to a 4 cylinder and been satisfied or even happier ?
     
  2. Jan 26, 2010 at 4:50 PM
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    sachou

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    I haven't even driven a v6, but I can tell I'd like it WAY more than my 2.7.

    The gas mileage is even the same as the v6 after my 32" mud terrains and steel wheels.

    That being said, I personally think the 2.7 is stronger.:cookiemonster:
     
  3. Jan 26, 2010 at 5:02 PM
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    I've gone from my '99 2.7 to my 4.0 and don't miss anything about it short of the extra 4-5 MPG, but i haven't lost any sleep over that.

    ...Sorry, that isn't at all what you were asking!
     
  4. Jan 26, 2010 at 6:52 PM
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    06dak

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    I've had 4/6/8 and I'm perfectly happy with the 4. Does it get 25 mpg with the the 4.10 rear? No. But it gets better mileage than the 6 does, always. And that's why I got it
     
  5. Jan 26, 2010 at 6:56 PM
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    Firefighter160

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    Ive had the v6 and the I4 and like the 4 cylinder a lot more. Its got less maintenance, better fuel mileage, easier to work on and tougher!
     
  6. Jan 26, 2010 at 7:06 PM
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    04prerunner

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    went from a 4.3 s10, not that im comparing s10 to tacoma here, however I do not miss my v6. I can do everything in my 4cyl that i could do in my 6cyl. fishing, fishing, and fishing. and i can pull my jon boat just as easy and ofcourse gas mileage is way better. I was getting around 14mpg in my s10 due to the 32in tires. but without tires I still only got like 16mpg. so with my 2.7 I get around 20 to 24. imo thats alot of money when we are comparing 10 gallons of gas from a 4cyl and 10 gallons from a 6cyl. do the math. but ofcourse sometimes its nice knowing you have the power in a 6 or 8cyl. but at my age, 22, I need to save as much money as possible. If you know you will not be pulling an enormous boat, and wont offroad much then you only want a 6cyl to say that you have one? am i wrong? just my opinion. a 4cyl is also cheaper. why spend more money when you know you dont need to?
     
  7. Jan 26, 2010 at 7:13 PM
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    i had a 2003 v6 xtra cab 4x4 and was getting 22mpg, and never backed down, i loved that truck. I put 60k miles on it and sold it for 500 bucks less than i paid for it.

    Now i have a 1998 2.7l 4x4 and its a great truck, but the 2.7 does not hang very well at highway speed on the hills, i live at 6000 feet so i dont know if that is also holding me back. But my v6 always gained speed on the hills and i could pass and the 2.7 does not, i gotta pull into the right lane and go slow. Other than that the 2.7 is great, but the v6 will be a better option

    Also, mpg is 20 in my 2.7L

    Don't mess around go for the v6
     
  8. Jan 26, 2010 at 7:15 PM
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    04prerunner

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    well good point. I cant relate to hills. I live in flat florida!!!!!! :D
     
  9. Jan 26, 2010 at 7:26 PM
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    sachou

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    Wow, a 2 mpg decrease from a v6 x-cab to a 4cyl std cab? How does that happen?

    And why did you downgrade in the first place?
     
  10. Jan 26, 2010 at 7:40 PM
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    mick478

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    i have a 4 banger, yeah i have a lead foot and it does a decent job of keeping up. hills arent really a problem as long as you know how to downshift, but at 6000 ft, that may be robbing you of a lot of power. i wanted the v6, but i settled for less, i still want it for the power, but i feel it helps me control my speed a lil, i dont tow much, i haul my quad and bike with ease, took em both on a 1000 mile trip in the rain to so cal, and i got 22mpg with about 1000 lbs of bikes and extra cargo..... not too shabby for being the sticker highway number, happy yes, do i wish i had the v6, not everyday every once in a while yeah i do. but the 4 is pretty powerfull, *considering it is a 4*..... my .02
     
  11. Jan 27, 2010 at 12:35 AM
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    i wish i had a 4.0L when mudding since i havent regeared my 4banger
     
  12. Jan 27, 2010 at 6:25 AM
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    I went from a dramax 6.6 to the taco 4cyl

    no regrets for 2 years now, except sometimes i miss the room.

    I dont miss: the extra insurance, $200 more payment, 2-3 weirder recalls than floormats, and at the time $5-6 fuel, but it did get 22-23 mpg.
     
  13. Jan 27, 2010 at 10:35 AM
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    i sold the v6 cuz i could get my $$$ back out of it. Like i said i bought it new put 60,000 miles on it and a guy offered me 18,500 for the truck. Who would say no to that! I win again. I sold it a few years after the new body style came out and, i thought it was a good move cux the new ones were 30,000 bucks and the old ones were about 19,000 (i paid 19,200). So the 1st gens held their value very well.

    I do agree with mick

    I think the difference in mpg is owed to the power to weight. my 2.7 is in awesome running condition sometimes i wish i had the 6 but the 4 is bullet proof!
     
  14. Jan 30, 2010 at 12:07 PM
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    I am the most disappointed in the performance of the 2010 as I have ever been with any new vehicle. This is not my first rodeo, I've always bought new and been doing it since 1971.
    I deeply regret not holding on to the 96.
     
  15. Jan 30, 2010 at 3:21 PM
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    Have had both currently have the 3.4 v6 and love it i just set the cruise and dont even worry about the hills, gas milage is about 3 mpg worse than the 4 banger but I think it is well worth the trade off. v6 all the way
     
  16. Jan 30, 2010 at 3:32 PM
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    I had a 2000 4 banger taco and now I have the V6 just more power and thanks it and crapper gas mileage
     
  17. Jan 30, 2010 at 3:41 PM
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    But............then again........I'm old!
     
  18. Jan 31, 2010 at 12:29 AM
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    I had a 2006 Nissan Frontier KC SE 4x4 with a 4.0L 6 Clyinder engine. It was a very powerful truck. It also consumed quite a bit of fuel even though I drove it like my grandpa. I would get about 15 mpg during the summer months and less in the winter. It was an excellent truck but I couldnt justify the 6 Cylinder engine. I dont tow anything and I really only get the 4x4 drive for winter driving. All i really needed was a 4 Cylinder. I like the versatility of a pickup truck. I find the 2.7 L engine has more than enough power. I dont need a vehicle to do jack rabbit starts from traffic lights and it keeps up with traffic quite effortlessly. Depending what your requirements are will define what size engine suits your needs. I find it quite hilarious that people buy huge pickup trucks with huge engines just to use as their daily driver. A guy who works for me bought a huge Dodge Ram pickup that gets 12 mpg. He drives his wifes aveo into work because it costs to much to drive the truck. Its about 5 years old and has less than 30000 Km. :cool:
     
  19. Jan 31, 2010 at 6:14 PM
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    I have a 100-mile daily round-trip commute, so MPG is very important to me - but I need a truck to haul motorcycles and tow my 17' bowrider boat. My 2.7L 5-lugger does all that just fine. 2.7L is big for a 4-banger and is only 300 cc's from being a 3.0L - which is what many V6's are (Ford Ranger's V6 comes to mind). It has plenty of power and has long-proven history of being as reliable as an anvil. I have seen fuel mileage as high as 28 MPG a few times (when keeping my speed down around 55-60, short-shifting, and being very easy on the accelerator), but it routinely gets 26 MPG with higher speeds and more aggressive driving. Show me a V6 truck that gets anywhere near that. Very happy with the 2.7L.
     
  20. Feb 2, 2010 at 5:37 PM
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    Went from a 4 to a 6. I never would have except Toyota feels that if you want any features, well, you have to get a V6. I would be happier with a 4 cyl / 6 speed auto combo. Maybe the next gen truck will offer that.
     
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