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living at low rpms

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by misha1031, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Aug 29, 2008 at 10:29 PM
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    misha1031

    misha1031 [OP] New Member

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    Hi all
    New to the forum and have a quick question, I'm hoping everyone with some experience with the Tacoma can help. I have a 6 speed manual with a 6 cyl engine. I've been driving manuals for 35 years and wouldnt want to drive anything else. Anyway, my hearing tells me that by 2500 rpm the engine has basically started to strain and its time to upshift, but that seems really low. Also, i find that I am actually driving (at times) below 2000 rpm, sometimes at 1800 or so. The engine feels strong and doesnt complain, it doesnt sound like its lugging at all. Does anyone else notice that this engine seems to want to live in the low rpm range? Anyone think I'm doing any damage staying at the lowest end of the scale? It just doesnt seem to want to go much higher than that anyway. Need some reassurance that this is what everyone else is finding. Thanks
     
  2. Aug 29, 2008 at 10:34 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    Welcome to TW!
    As the 4.0 makes good power in the low rev range, despite the sound, it loves to rev up high. I have run mine between 4500 and 5500 for long intervals and have had no problems. Youre not going to hurt the engine by running it in the lower rev range, but dont let the sound fool ya. It loves to rev! :)
     
  3. Aug 30, 2008 at 12:55 AM
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    Rich Swanner

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    Your Higher MPG will sound good........Rich Welcome neighbor what do you drive???? [​IMG]
     
  4. Aug 30, 2008 at 1:15 AM
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    ERdept

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    My truck never seems to be over 3000 RPM's.

    I must drive VERY moderately. Truck always seems to be below 2K. Only when I stomp on it do I get to over 4K.

    The truck does well on the low end.
     
  5. Aug 30, 2008 at 1:23 AM
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    Rich Swanner

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    Er where did you get your gas cap and how much??? ..Rich
     
  6. Aug 30, 2008 at 2:26 AM
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    ninja_taco

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    i have a 4cyl 5-speed and im shifting around 2500 as well. im usually cruising around 1500-1800 as well, never noticed a problem at all.
     
  7. Aug 30, 2008 at 5:49 AM
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    Brunes

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    Yeah...I cruise pretty low. 1.8K to 2K for most driving...the engine is starting to pull a bit over 2K...but not a huge amount and like chris said- It can take it!!!
     
  8. Aug 30, 2008 at 9:15 AM
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    Ultima GTR Guy

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    Great topic!
    I just bought my '09 w/ 4L V6/Automatic and discovered the same thing. It seems to work great at low R's and seems like it doesn't want to go above 3k unless I'm manually shifting. The engine must generate a lot of torque below 3k to be able to accelerate like it does. Mine's still new so I'm babying it for 1k miles then I'll see how the character changes above 3k. I suspect that Toyota set the trans up like this for fuel economy and not necessarily performance. I'm very pleased so far.
    Paul
     
  9. Aug 30, 2008 at 9:18 AM
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    chris4x4

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    The tranny computer "learns" your driveing style and adjusts shifting accordingly. Mine will shift out of first @ 10-15 mph, then shift @ 2000-2300 rpms when driveing normally. The 5 speed auto is quite an impressive tranny, imho. :)
     
  10. Aug 30, 2008 at 10:35 AM
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    I got an off the shelf Stant brand from Pep Boys. It worked right the first time.

    When you screw it back in, let it click at least three times before leaving it, not just one or two clicks.

    Can't remember the price I paid. Sorry.
     
  11. Aug 30, 2008 at 10:40 AM
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    Thanks!...........Rich
     
  12. Aug 30, 2008 at 10:45 AM
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    Welcome to TW, i have a 4.0 w/auto trans, the engine rarely goes over 2500-3000rpms, unless i punch the gas, it seems to like to be in low rpms, that saves a lot of gas though coz you can be running at 60-70 mph and still be under 3000 rpm
     
  13. Aug 30, 2008 at 11:34 AM
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    09silvertaco

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    with the 6 spd, its geared to haul, like a big rig. so you can shift in the low rpm range and quickly through the gears and still have power...now that mines broken in a bit, i must admit i have crept up to the 4k mark or so a couple times between shifts and it does move and doesn't seem strained either.
     
  14. Aug 30, 2008 at 11:40 AM
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    botayota

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    My '09 4cyl 5spd seems to float at 1800-2000 rpm, only uphill with the AC on do I see 3000 rpms. Even in 4th gear it just purrs away, doesn't strain.
    This is a big difference from my 2000 Taco 4cyl5spd which didn't seem to quit have that much power.
     
  15. Aug 30, 2008 at 1:46 PM
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    misha1031

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    Thanks to everybody for the info- I'm now more than confident that all is just the way it should be. Most cars I've owned haven't been strong enough to pull down low like this truck can... awesome product and if I had to choose one way or the other (living low or high on the rpm scale) with the price of petrol being what it is... I'd have to say this is the best way for it to shake out. Thanks to all.
     
  16. Aug 30, 2008 at 5:28 PM
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    concrete jedi

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    Welcome to TW, and I found the same thing when I got mine. Because of fuel prices I hang out at 2000 rpm and find that everyone passes me but I see them refueling more. :D
     
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