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Does your 4 cylinder struggle in a strong headwind?

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by 2004TacomaSR5, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. Sep 2, 2011 at 6:55 PM
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    2004TacomaSR5

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    Mine sure does, i can set the cruise control at 70 and it holds it fine until we get to a hill and it dogs down, then once over the top it takes forever to get back to 70 again, plus my gas mileage drops dramatically. Does your 4 cylinder do this too?
     
  2. Sep 2, 2011 at 6:59 PM
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    tacokid09

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    head wind will kill mpg on any car.. also the tacoma isnt the most "wind resistant" either. i was hauling a dirtbike with about 15 mph head wind.. too me a quarter tank to go 60 miles.
     
  3. Sep 2, 2011 at 7:00 PM
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    saltwater taco

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    Yep, same here.
     
  4. Sep 2, 2011 at 7:18 PM
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    5-lugs are much less affected, apparently that extra 4" height is really a drag.
     
  5. Sep 2, 2011 at 11:20 PM
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    why is that? are autos better for this application?
     
  6. Sep 2, 2011 at 11:23 PM
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    Yea they shift down automatically:rolleyes:
     
  7. Sep 3, 2011 at 2:37 PM
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    No problems here at all.
     
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    no issues with head wind. big inclines the cruise control comes off so i can downshift.
     
  10. Sep 6, 2011 at 11:22 AM
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    yup, especially towing my seadoo
     
  12. Oct 24, 2011 at 12:17 PM
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    Downshift till you hit the top then upshift and hit resume. No problem.
     
  13. Nov 25, 2011 at 9:34 AM
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    sounds to me like you need to instal a turboboostermufflerbutton.......... problem solved.
     
  14. Nov 25, 2011 at 9:41 AM
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    love i bought the chromed turboboostermufflerbutton with a led awesome power....

    Use the ect button or rear gear or just drive downhill only
     
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    My 4cyl struggles through everything.
     
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    Headwind doesn't bother mine, but it doesn't like the freeway hills to much. Of course, this is only after installing 285's. Never had and problems when I was running 265's.
     
  17. Nov 25, 2011 at 9:52 AM
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    My 4 cylinder wishes it a v6 :(
     
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    Wind effects anything moving at speed technically. But yeah the 4cyl is just a 4cyl. Can't expect it to plow through everything at 70mph. :)

    Downshift on steep hills. Always. :p There is a steep mountain highway 23 runs through here, I have to take it in 4th or even 3rd sometimes.
     
  19. Nov 25, 2011 at 10:12 AM
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    I have 30" tires on my 5lug, if I use 5th gear i'm speeding :anonymous:
     
  20. Nov 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM
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    Nope. My 4 cylinder automatic handles head winds and hills just fine. I have no trouble maintaining 75 MPH with the cruse control set. Now, getting good gas mileage under those conditions, that's another story.
     
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