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4 cylinder power

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by Big Bear dude, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Mar 17, 2013 at 12:34 PM
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    Big Bear dude

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    Hi I'm a new member and considering the purchase of a 4 cylinder 4x4 standard or access cab. My concern is that living in the mountains I have to climb up and down frequently and that the power will be an issue. I'm an electrician and carry mostly hand tools and a ladder but I'm climbing 4000' on a 16% grade at times.
    Secondly how will it do in the snow?
     
  2. Mar 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM
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    Get the stick and it will most likely need a regear .
     
  3. Mar 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM
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  4. Mar 17, 2013 at 7:20 PM
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    My manual does fine going skiing/hiking in Oregon or Washington, no 16%s though, holds speed on grades at say 50mph, but wont accelerate on them over 4-5k altitude. As far as snow, it'll do as well as any other truck, but I always use winter tires. Power will be an issue, its a 4 cylinder, but it does damn good for one.
     
  5. Mar 17, 2013 at 7:23 PM
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    Theres about a 1/2 mile hill pretty steep grade, I can pull it @ 3500rpm's @ 70mph in my 4cyl auto, granted that's pretty windin it out for the lil Toyota though.
     
  6. Mar 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM
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    Lower gears to help . If you don't mod it ( bigger tires , lift ) it should probably be ok .
     
  7. Mar 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM
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    On freeways, it holds speed any grade/speed for me, but mountain grades and altitude start to challenge any engine, especially smaller ones for a given model.
     
  8. Mar 18, 2013 at 11:04 AM
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    I live above 5000 feet, and my 2.7L reg cab is not fast by any means, but it goes up hills OK if I'm in the appropriate gear. At this altitude, I have to shift down for the steeper hills, especially if I've got weight in the bed.
     
  9. Mar 18, 2013 at 2:11 PM
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    My 2.7L 5-speed handles hills and snow just great. Now that It has 170,000 and low compression I don't try hills in 5th but in 4th I have no problems. The 4wd is excellent in snow and ice. In and out of 4H with a flick of the wrist. In Montana we all use studded snow tires for the ice.
     
  10. Mar 18, 2013 at 4:19 PM
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    Did you check your compression? How do you know it's low? 170k is not that many miles for a modern Toyota 4-cylinder.
     
  11. Mar 19, 2013 at 5:37 AM
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    Honestly if I lived in hilly areas I would have traded my 4 banger already. For where I live it's ok but I have a feeling you'll need a little more power for all the hills.

    That being said I love mine for what I do. I don't tow and don't haul a lot besides my self and work stuff. I will prolly be getting a v6 soon just because I want a dclb and it only comes in the sport in my area.
     
  12. Mar 19, 2013 at 5:51 AM
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    6 cyl is better for steeper and longer grades--had a 4cyl-did OK.
    BUT 6 cyl is MUCH BETTER-have the 6cyl now. spend the extra $$$ you will not regret it.
     
  13. Mar 19, 2013 at 3:03 PM
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    Yes I did a differential pressure compression test like we do on aviation engines. It registered an average near 40/80 psi if you understand the meaning. This test also helps identify the source of leaks and mine are primarily rings.
     
  14. Mar 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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    I have the 4 cyl and live at sea level. When I took it skiing I was surprised how much power it lost. If i lived above 5000 ft elevation I would not have bought my 4cyl.

    On the plus side once you get used to it and you bring it back down the hill it is as if someone dropped a supercharge in it, so much more power!
     
  15. Mar 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM
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  17. Mar 19, 2013 at 3:59 PM
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    BuzzardsGottaEat

    BuzzardsGottaEat "Pick up some speed.. You'll make it."

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    25-26 in a 5 lug, no problem, in a 4x4, thats a stretch . . . not saying you're lying, just impressed at such FE with 4x4.
     
  18. Mar 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM
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    65 mph speed limit in Oregon, as opposed to 75 elsewhere, its highway mpg too still on stock tires too, fuel efficient , but not great off road. Its not too hard to do with some small efforts.
     
  19. Mar 19, 2013 at 8:26 PM
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    ^^^^ Excellent Answer

    Test drive both and you'll probably get your answer. But if you get the 2.7L - Get a stick.
     
  20. Mar 19, 2013 at 8:34 PM
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    Nobody will mistake the 2.7 banger for a speed demon. That said, it has plenty of power for everyday driving use - even on hills, as long as you're willing to use the gearbox.

    I'm lifted and running on oversized tires, carrying a fair amount of armor and tools, and even still on the Barstow to Bakersfield climb yesterday (into a heckuva headwind) I could always hold 70 or 75 on the climbs - unless I had to slow down for other traffic.

    But only you know how much power you really need. So I advise you test drive both for a lengthy test drive.
     
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