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Gas mileage let down

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by sabian, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. Sep 15, 2008 at 8:23 AM
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    sabian

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    Can't figure out what just happened with my MPG. Have an 08 taco that I have been getting about 22 mpg in. Took a trip over the weekend and on my way down to my destination I averaged 22.5 mpg. on the way back after a half of tank fill up I only got 18.5 mpg. No real difference in the ride back, maybe a few more lbs in the back but no head wind or any thing else unusual. What the heck could cause a drop off of 4 mpg on the second leg of the trip? Any thoughts?
     
  2. Sep 15, 2008 at 8:24 AM
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    eordonez

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    maybe you ere going more uphill?? sometimes is unnoticeable...
     
  3. Sep 15, 2008 at 8:37 AM
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    Taco's for All

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    I used to drive from Vermont to New Jersey and back a few times a month. The trip is 300 miles each way (kind of a duhh comment right here, not like it's going to change on the way back). On the way down to NJ, I would average about 28-29 mpg in my car. On the way back I would only average about 23-24 mpg. I would always drive the route around 2 or 3am and never change it. Could never make any sense of the difference other than thinking that I must be driving on a very slight incline/decline.
     
  4. Sep 15, 2008 at 9:54 AM
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    Demoncleaner

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    4 is a bit much, but I'm guessing fuel type. You see a little sticker on the pump saying 10 or 15% ethanol where you were?
     
  5. Sep 15, 2008 at 1:49 PM
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    Janster

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    Were you using air conditioning the second half?
     
  6. Sep 15, 2008 at 2:40 PM
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    Rudbwoy7s

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    were you wearing different shoes on the way home? or maybe your windows were dirty..
     
  7. Sep 15, 2008 at 2:50 PM
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    Simon's Mom

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    So many factors, gas, speed, weight, aerodynamics. Were you using cruise or free flyin? Big change fo sure. Boy you want to see a difference in mpg, trying towing something. It takes a big bite :cookiemonster:
     
  8. Sep 15, 2008 at 4:18 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Odds are it was just a change in elevation. AC being on isnt going to affect mpg. like that. In Most cases, haveing the AC on, vs. haveing the windows down, gives better mpg.
     
  9. Sep 15, 2008 at 4:23 PM
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  10. Sep 15, 2008 at 8:08 PM
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    No...but the stench radiating off your ass was starving his truck of oxigen. :p:p:p;)
     
  11. Sep 15, 2008 at 8:09 PM
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    That always happens to me between Vegas and Tahoe. I don't really check the exact mileage, but I can almost make it back to Vegas on one tank and on the way up I wouldn't come close to 3/4 of the way. Probably depends on having a tail wind or not plus the elevation change.
     
  12. Sep 15, 2008 at 8:13 PM
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    Just crank up the Team America soundtrack and burn as much gas as you can!
     
  13. Sep 15, 2008 at 8:17 PM
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    A half a tank isn't enough to get a true reading.
     
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