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horrible gas mileage

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tacomageorge, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. Sep 26, 2011 at 11:49 AM
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    tacomageorge

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    im getting 15-16mpg on my tacoma and the thing that bugs me is that I installed a $300 k&n air filter to improve the issue and it didn't. does anyone have any pointers,tips that can help me. the truck is stock no modifications.
     
  2. Sep 26, 2011 at 11:51 AM
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    Tigahshark

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    Hey man welcome to TW, maybe you can check your tire pressure to make sure your where it supposed to be, add a tonneau cover i heard these help with gas mileage, happy to have you here!:thumbsup:
     
  3. Sep 26, 2011 at 11:52 AM
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    ckeeton

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    The Air filters really only effect it like 1 or 2 mpg. it really isnt worth the money on the MPG aspect.

    the best way to get better gas is slow down and take it easy when taking off

    i have the DC as well and im getting an average of 20.5. i speed up like an old lady at red lights though haha
     
  4. Sep 26, 2011 at 11:53 AM
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    raswank

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    Those kits do absolutely nothing, you already have a cold air intake system. Tonneau I put one on. Didn't notice anything. Check tire pressure and try to keep the rpm's down
     
  5. Sep 26, 2011 at 11:54 AM
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    97yota4wd

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    caged, camburg long travel, 50t leafpack (soon to be installed) light rack over cab, 5pt harnesses etc
    welcome, and uninstall the heavy foot mod. that helps a ton.. got me 4mpg lol
     
  6. Sep 26, 2011 at 11:55 AM
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    slmgt

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    Welcome!

    Please upload a video of you driving normally and we'll see how your RPMs match with your rated speed, how much you slow down and why exactly you are getting bad mileage.
     
  7. Sep 26, 2011 at 11:57 AM
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    shift at 2k rpms, coast to red lights:)
     
  8. Sep 26, 2011 at 12:07 PM
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    Pugga

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    Pretty well covered but you only have yourself to blame, get your foot out of it and enjoy 20+ MPG :D
     
  9. Sep 26, 2011 at 12:10 PM
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    David K

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    I still think it has a lot to do with the amount of non-gasoline they dilute our fuel with (ethynol, etc.).
     
  10. Sep 26, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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    15 to 16 mpg isnt bad......cause these trucks burn more gas than an 18 wheeler.......
     
  11. Sep 26, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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    Get new spark plugs.
     
  12. Sep 26, 2011 at 12:13 PM
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  13. Sep 26, 2011 at 12:14 PM
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    Keep the beast under 70
     
  15. Sep 26, 2011 at 12:23 PM
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    Sounds like an issue to me. You have a v6 double cab which is a negative but a manual trans which is a positive. I would think you can get 3 or more mpg better. Change plugs to the oem kind. Check tires for tread and pressure. Sea foam your whole system and then change the oil. Drop the tailgate for one tank. Make sure the k&n is connected correctly and not over oiled. Be sure it is the correct one for your truck. Don't haul a bunch of crap all the time.:cool:
     
  16. Sep 26, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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    Manual trans get worse mileage than the autos in these trucks
     
  17. Sep 26, 2011 at 12:33 PM
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    I have stacked against me in the MPG department. I get 14.5-15mpg because I usually drive short trips (less than 5 miles), buy gas that has 10% ethanol, and need new spark plugs.
     
  18. Sep 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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    Thanx for all of your tips.
     
  19. Sep 28, 2011 at 3:06 PM
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    I'm getting 15 mpg. on my brand new access cab, no mods, and I don't have a heavy foot. A little pissed off. My Nissan thrived on neglect and gave me 22 mpg for 20 years.
     
  20. Sep 28, 2011 at 3:49 PM
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    I've filled up my 11 dbl cab V6 4 times since I bought it 4 weeks ago....so far never below 20 mpg.
    Unless you have something wrong with the engine, it's your driving habits whether you realize it or not. I know it's hard not to step on it to keep up with traffic....or stay ahead of it, but it's all about RPMs. Once you get to 45 to 50 mph the engine should be at about 1600 RPM. 60 to 70 mph shouldn't be running more than 2000 RPM. More than that you're lead-footin it!
     
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