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Are you getting bad MPG?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by JAG, Feb 23, 2009.

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  1. I get good MPG!!

    27.7%
  2. My MPG sucks!

    38.8%
  3. My Tacoma is Stock.

    38.1%
  4. I have a heavy foot on the gas accelerator!

    21.0%
  5. I have the fog light mod running through the ECU relay.

    3.9%
  6. I have added bolt on after market parts.

    15.2%
  7. My Tacoma is lifted?

    19.4%
  8. Who gives a crap????

    14.3%
  1. May 11, 2013 at 9:57 PM
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    worthywads

    worthywads Well-Known Member

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    I get no better than high 20s at sea level, but mid 30s at front range altitude, driving 55-60.

    It doesn't seem like I get 35 mpg, it's real.

    Why people think making less power doesn't mean less gas is the mystery?
     
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  2. May 15, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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    13Tacoma

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    Yes it is an AT.

    I hope it improves as it breaks in. I think I may go back to the dealer and do some questioning. I had a 2000 F250 7.3 that got better. I traded it in to get the yota cause I wasn't using the truck to its capabilities so I thought I would downsize but with this mileage I would have kept the Diesel. Thanks for all your info
     
  3. May 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM
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    I'm a little fuzzy how people seem to be pulling off incredible milage. Just bought a 2013 4dr tacoma AT and I've put on 1k miles. Im at sea level and im driving like a granny. If i break 17mpg its worth celabrating about. I can't tell if its me or the truck. Should i be worried?
     
  4. May 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM
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    2012 taco with 60k miles on it...avg 18 per gallon 4.0 double cab tss
     
  5. May 16, 2013 at 4:31 PM
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    Enjoy 17 mpg
     
  6. May 16, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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    Lord Helmet

    Lord Helmet What? You Went Over My Helmet?!

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  7. May 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM
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    Pitchfork311

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    Compared to my car, 99 honda, my mpg sucks, but its a truck and compared to my bros 4runner, it gets better mpg
     
  8. May 17, 2013 at 11:18 AM
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    rleete

    rleete Grumpy old man - get off my lawn

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    Been keeping track of mileage for the past few weeks. 19.5+ from the dealer. Made the mistake of putting 87 (and shitty off-brand at that) in it, and mileage dropped to just over 14. It also had no power.

    Put 89 in it since, and am averaging just over 20 MPG now. I'm happy with that.
     
  9. May 17, 2013 at 11:29 AM
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    Justus

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    not sure how this looks, but I got 315 miles on a tank......... when I filled up, calculations said 3.5 gallons were still in the tank (gas light wasnt on).

    drove in some rlly high cross winds, and up quite a few large/long grades.

    2006 trd prerunner AC

    265/75/16 load range C.........2" lift............trd supercharger........premium gas of course, and air conditioning on most the trip.
     
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  10. May 17, 2013 at 11:29 AM
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    DdayIsNear

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  11. May 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM
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    disc0monkey

    disc0monkey All right. I believe ya. But my Tommy Gun don't!

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    21mpg mixed with midtravel. GET SOME
     
  12. May 19, 2013 at 6:25 AM
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    skeighter

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    Calculated over 21 on a little business jaunt over to palm springs. 389 miles, 18.43 gallons. I think that I squeezed a bit more gas into the tank on the pre-trip fill versus after, but not enough to drop it that much. Prolly would have even been better, but took a short cut on the last part and got stuck in Moorpark/Somis traffic.
     
  13. May 19, 2013 at 10:53 AM
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    Rich91710

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    Squeezing in more fuel pre-trip vs post-trip would have been reflected in a higher calculated MPG.

    But high speed is a killer. My worst tanks have been in New Mexico and Texas rolling 75-80 on the highway. 2-3mpg down from normal.
     
  14. May 19, 2013 at 11:01 AM
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    Justus

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    Sweet spot was found in mexico too.....atleast the ultrgauge showed 25 mpg at 75......20 at 65mph.

    My father in law and gf both made a comment as to "at the price of gas, im surprised u drive that fast"....I slowed to 65 and let them watch the gauge.
    Then I resumed 75.

    This was n/a at the time......still the same effect f/I tho. I guess the truck just has its sweet spot? I have no clue. I do not calculate mpg cuz I will not adjust my right foot, will not buy a car instead, and never ran anything lower than 91 before, and cannot now anyway.

    Think the ultrgauge is off?
    All settings were calibrated when installed :( ?
     
  15. May 19, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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    worthywads

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    Not sure on ultragauge but if it's like the scangauge try resetting and drive for say 50 miles at 75 and then reset and run 65 for 50. I will bet you will see better mpg at 65. A short instantaneous doesn't mean much, even a slight incline or decline makes a big difference.

    No truck gets better mpg at 75 vs 65 in the long run.
     
  16. May 19, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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    Rich91710

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    That makes no sense. These trucks are a brick in the wind and will get their best mileage between 55 and 65. Anything above 65, mileage drops exponentially.
     
  17. May 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM
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    RearViewMirror

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    I'm going to preface this post with I drive like a grandpaw. I very rarely get above 45-50 mph because of where I drive.

    With that said....

    Every since I switched to Shell V-Power 93 octane my mileage has increased. I was averaging around 21 MPG and my last 3 tanks have been just a touch over 24 MPG all hand calculated. I'll take a picture of the next fill up. I fill each tank up to the neck (I know... not recommended but at least I know it is accurate each time). I have posted a link to a test that "Fifth Gear" did on different octane fuel in different posts so I won't post it again but it was a pretty big difference.
    The worst mileage that I have had out of my truck was in South Dakota with the Mid Grade Ethanol fuel. I barely got over 15 MPG (a strong head wind needs to be accounted also but it was still terrible). The best is just a little over 25 MPG with a strong tail wind and pacing a semi from Albuquerque NM. to Amarillo TX. so that can't be counted.

    I guess the moral of my story is drive with a light foot, and for me Shell V-Power 93 is the best fuel out there. JMO.

    *Edit* I also have a K&N filter though I doubt that makes much difference at all.
     
  18. May 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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    Justus

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    hahahaha............... Ill do a couple tanks with a longer "avg", but that will NOT show the mpg at sustained speed (just for you guys).... those readings were on flat areas, Id never post silly crap from up or downhill.

    I believe all vehicles have a sweet spot, and it is not 65 for my truck.

    normal driving (for me) as posted above........i drive very hard, and use the supercharger. this tank included something I cannot talk about on TW also.


    how do those numbers look?
    Like I said, I dont calculate MPG cuz I dont care, but I do believe the sweet spot for MY truck is NOT 65, but 70-75. YMMV (literally).

    gimme another idea for testing real world mpg (NOT average)....I dont care what my average is for this conversation really....I just want a good way to support the theory of (65 is better or 70 is better for MY truck only).

    same stretch of road back to back with something else that uses instant MPG available besides ultra or scan gauge?

    I can do the run at 2 or 4 am.......Im up then anyhow, that way it will be accurate as far as other vehicles being "wind breaks", and I never try to "draft"...thats just not safe for anyone around.
     
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  19. May 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM
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    Spoonman

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    why duz my mpg suk?????

    I gots big tars, low geers, and I drive real fast down them public roads. the fuzz keep on pullin me ovr fer no reasin. im gettn bout 7 mpg maybe I need new headlites
     
  20. May 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM
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    TRD Toy85

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    I love this truck but was hoping fuel mileage would be better.
     
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