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Mileage...not bad

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by JKD, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. Aug 15, 2009 at 3:59 PM
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    JKD

    JKD [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm a gadget guy, and I'm pretty happy with my Scangauge II. I put it in on Wednesday, and I have it set to display instantaneous and average fuel economy, coolant temperature, and voltage.

    I have a long commute to work, about 55 miles each way with about five miles of city and fifty miles of highway driving. On the way to/from on Thursday, and to work on Friday, I ran 70 mph on the interstate. I had an average trip mileage of 19-20 for each of the three trips.

    On the way home on Friday, I took a back highway with a 55 mph limit. I went 55, other than about a mile in a city that was half at 30 and half at 20, and three stop signs. The highway was hilly and curvy, so I thought perhaps I wouldn't see much difference in mileage from my relatively straight interstate run.

    Wrong! I averaged 25.7 mpg on that back-road trip. Even though I know wind resistance goes up with the square of your speed, I didn't think it would have that kind of effect! That's a gain of about 6.5 mpg, or 30%.

    It's slower to run the back road, but I'm thinking for 6.5 mpg increase, I might at least take that route home.
     
  2. Aug 15, 2009 at 5:01 PM
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    TacoSter

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    Pretty cool. I found kinda the same. 70mph plus I get 18-19 mpg. About 6 months ago I did one full tank at 55 mph the whole way.
    I did get 22mpg but the hassle of getting flipped off and honked at every 1 to 5 minutes cause I was in everyone's way was sucky. Even old ladies around here do 70
     
  3. Aug 15, 2009 at 5:18 PM
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    Tacoyota

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    I travel off hours to go slow, so 5 am ok with me sometimes. I'll go 55 on our 65 speed limit. When traffic picks up , ill go 60 when the platoons of cars arent there, 65 other times.
    What bothers me is when theres just 2-5 cars, no one within 100 yd of each other .... or less cars, some jackass will still pull up on your tailgoing 75 in a 65 , when they can just pass like they would anyway There is 2 lane or 3
     
  4. Aug 15, 2009 at 7:43 PM
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    Kyouto42

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    You can get up to 75 in portland :eek: I'm lucky to do the speed limit. People do 20 in a 45 regularly like that's the thing to do.
     
  5. Aug 15, 2009 at 7:45 PM
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    Tacoyota

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    75 is 10 over on the freeways here off rush hour and past the core area, Im refering to the open area out of town too, i should be more specific
     
  6. Aug 15, 2009 at 7:47 PM
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    paintdiddy

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    how are you doing that? i only get 16 in town and if im lucky just under 20 on highway.dude i hate you guys and my truck.lol
     
  7. Aug 15, 2009 at 7:52 PM
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    PhatTaco

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    Earlier in August I made a 1,800 mile trip with mostly highway miles at 65-70mph. My average was 22.5mpg with an '07 dbl cab, V6, auto burning 89 octane. I was happy with that.
     
  8. Aug 15, 2009 at 7:56 PM
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    Briefly its a 2.7 reg cab manual 4wd, shift at 2000 rpm when reasonable, coast to red light if reasonable, tires are at 38 psi, not the 29psi on the door, synthetics, use cruise if i can.
    Hard to compare town to town, but I'm on roads that are 1-2 lanes each way, I hit red lights maybe every 1 mile due to them being synchronized to the speed at some level. I think the roads n truck do the work for me lol.

    He has the scanguage, thats the next thing i need. I'll get more accurate #s than trip divided by gallons.
     
  9. Aug 15, 2009 at 9:43 PM
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    JKD

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    The biggest thing the Scangauge does for me is let me see exactly what my driving style right now is doing to my mileage.

    My truck just passed 1000 miles on the odometer, and I am running with about 32 psi in the stock Dunlop 245/75-16 tires. V6 5spd automatic.
     
  10. Aug 16, 2009 at 1:56 PM
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    I wonder if tpms in our trucks send temp and pressure, would be interesting if u combined scanguage to read the psi and temp (if its there)
     
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