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Improve Your MPG here

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Siafu, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. Jul 2, 2008 at 7:24 PM
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    Siafu

    Siafu [OP] Eat My Dirt

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    I would like to know if anyone has any advice for improving gas mileage.

    Tonneau Cover, Air Filter, Premium fuel, anything that you can think of.

    I have to drive about 3000 miles next week and could use the advice.

    If its a complicated mod please give instructions on how to perform it.
     
  2. Jul 2, 2008 at 7:26 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Change your driveing style. If you do a bunch of mods costing $1000.00 and only gt 2-3 mpg, it will take 5 years or longer to see a return.
    Is that ok with you?
     
  3. Jul 2, 2008 at 7:31 PM
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    kristopherl

    kristopherl AKA: Jake the Wolf

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    just slow down.. I went from 17 MPG to 21 MPG just by being easier off the line and not going over 65MPH on the highway
     
  4. Jul 2, 2008 at 7:34 PM
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    Khaos

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    Premium fuel, light acceleration, cost when possible, drive at the speed limit.
     
  5. Jul 2, 2008 at 8:01 PM
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    luk8272

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    All of the above. Use your cruise control on your trip and try to avoid slowing and speeding in traffic.
     
  6. Jul 3, 2008 at 6:34 AM
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    HardCase

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    Not wanting to revitalize the ol' premium versus regular debate here, but I have driven mine on a trip roughly 2000 miles in the past few days, and will be driving another 1300 this weekend. At one point I filled the tank with 85.5 regular and it didn't knock or seem to affect mileage much one way or the other. At another fill-up, I put in 89 with 10% ethanol, and that seemed fine too. Mine is the 2.7/4cyl, however, so probably tolerates lower octane gas better than the 4L V6.

    Tire pressure is fairly major. If you are going to be driving on reasonably smooth paved roads for the most part, bump up your pressures a bit, maybe 5-7psi over what the manual says. And as others have said, speed is the most important. I spent one day driving 75-80 trying to cover some ground and got about 21mpg. On a day when I was able to loaf along at 65 and under most of the way I got 24. Payload is also a significant factor. I was fairly well loaded, not excessively but probably hauling 600 pounds of stuff in the bed. That'll be down to about 100 this weekend so maybe that'll help.
     
  7. Jul 3, 2008 at 7:36 AM
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    Janster

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    Tonneau cover, tire pressure increase a few lbs, air filter....

    Exhaust upgrades (open it up) as long as you don't have a CAI.
    *CAI + exhaust doesn't help*

    I'm not convinced the premium fuel helps. Seems like it would be a 'wash' in cost versus increase. I haven't done any testing myself. I'm spending enough money on 87 per gallon, I sure as heck don't like to spend anymore unless I have to.

    Slowing down - definately. I've been using my cruise lately to keep my highway speeds down.
     
  8. Jul 3, 2008 at 7:54 AM
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    007Tacoma

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    ...hey, it cut my gas bill by two thirds! :D

    Can't do that? Like they said - Slow it down and keep your tire pressure up.
     
  9. Jul 3, 2008 at 8:03 AM
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    RedruM29

    RedruM29 Blinking Car Mod...

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    Just enough, and never enough
    just search the threads and you will see way to many topics on the subject...:rolleyes:
     
  10. Jul 3, 2008 at 8:48 AM
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    mjp2

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    Hell yeah. I went from 13.5mpg to 17-18mpg just by cruising at 65 instead of 80.
     
  11. Jul 3, 2008 at 8:53 AM
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    007Tacoma

    007Tacoma I dub thee malicious!

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    You would have an easier time doing 80 if you would put down that fountain drink and lose some weight. Everytime I see you - you are drinking a damn soda! :rolleyes:
     
  12. Jul 3, 2008 at 9:00 AM
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    lsocoee

    lsocoee My hair is all natural Moderator

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    reducing truck weight also helps.
     
  13. Jul 3, 2008 at 9:01 AM
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    lsocoee

    lsocoee My hair is all natural Moderator

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    Make sure your tires are aligned. My tires were out of alignment and that cut MPG by 4+ MPG on the highway.
     
  14. Jul 3, 2008 at 9:04 AM
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    007Tacoma I dub thee malicious!

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    That's a good one. Never thought about that. Did the dealer fix your alignment for you? (wasn't this part of the Suspension TSB?)
     
  15. Jul 3, 2008 at 9:08 AM
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    screw Nitrogen... lets start inflating with Helium :D:crazy:
     
  16. Jul 3, 2008 at 10:40 AM
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    lsocoee

    lsocoee My hair is all natural Moderator

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    yes, they fixed it and yes they were supposed to do that with the TSB :rolleyes:
     
  17. Jul 3, 2008 at 11:22 AM
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    NORCAL Tacoma

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    I just got back from a 1600+ trip to San Diego and Mexico from Northern California. I averaged about 23-24 on the highway. My truck is the 2.7L i4, access cab. I was worried about the gas considering two people in the truck plus 200 pounds of gear and the AC on most of the way, but it ran like a champ. I'd say the tires we're at spec, cruising at about 65-75 average.

    That makes all the difference, back off on the gas and get a few more mpg's.

    I think I could probably get 25-26 mpg's if it was just me, no gear and maybe a few more pounds in the tires.
     
  18. Jul 3, 2008 at 11:27 AM
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    Proper tire inflation, easy on the take offs, and clean air filter. Any car with an OBDII will not run better on a higher grade of gas. You will just be pouring money down the drain. Most experts even say that they will not put premium in their cars that call for it... you would lose 1 +/- mpg, but going up does not help (well, I guess it helps the oil company)
     
  19. Jul 3, 2008 at 11:35 AM
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    lsocoee

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    premium gas does make a difference, but it's not worth the extra cost.
     
  20. Jul 3, 2008 at 6:26 PM
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    AFE Pro Dry filter. I picked up 2-3mpg just with that and nothing else changing. Not to mention it'll save you money on air filters by washing and reusing it instead of throwing out the old ones to buy new. And it's a oil-free filter so no need to buy oil cleaning kit to clean it or risk fouling the MAF sensor.
     
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