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Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Gus, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. Nov 14, 2010 at 6:49 AM
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    Gus

    Gus [OP] New Member

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    Hello,

    Just joined the site and what a great one it is!

    Ready to buy a 2011 Tacoma, V6, 4x4, auto, Access cab (attaching a photo). I currently drive an '06 Honda Accord which replaced an '05 Dodge Ram 1500, which replaced a 1991 Toyota Extra cab 4x4 pick-up. Really miss that one and it got through me ANYTHING! The Dodge was great, too, but a month after I bought it fuel went up a dollar a gallon! Love my Accord but it's no truck!

    So, I've got the bug to buy a new truck and first looked at the Ranger which is like driving a cramped tin-can. Wow, the Tacoma is so much nicer--I really can't believe the difference!

    Let me ask you all: What mileage, realistically, do you think I'll get with the Tacoma? I drive a very short distance to work and back--under 4 miles and will occasionally do some highway driving. 15-17 mpg? I'm hoping for that!

    Also, I researched the tires this truck is equipped with: Dunlop Grand Trek AT 2.0. Horrible reviews on TireRack.com across the board: Terrible in wet weather and light snow, great for dry conditions. I'm concerned about this because I really don't want to think about replacing tires when I just purchased a new vehicle!

    Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!

    Gus

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  2. Nov 14, 2010 at 6:57 AM
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    grdnrxr

    grdnrxr Well-Known Member

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    Welcome !

    Yeah, that should be about right. I drive short distances and get the 15-17 and can squeeze 19-20 on the open road
     
  3. Nov 14, 2010 at 7:03 AM
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    MassTaco

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    With the At20s you'll do somewhere around 20 mpg mixed. They're not as bad as people will have you believe (unless you go offroad in which case they're horrible). I have 36k on my stock at20s and they'll last me another 10k miles. They're ok in rain/snow, they're light, quiet, and have a low rolling resistance.
     
  4. Nov 14, 2010 at 7:16 AM
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    brutalguyracing

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    F.U> GUYZ
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    he speaks the truth^^^^^^^^^^^^^
     
  5. Nov 14, 2010 at 7:23 AM
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    Gus

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    Thanks everyone for your thoughts!
     
  6. Nov 14, 2010 at 7:31 AM
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    scottri

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    Welcome to TW. I get about 17 in commuter driving and more like 19 or 20 with highway driving.
     
  7. Nov 14, 2010 at 7:48 AM
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    jmdaniel

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    I bought my '11 two weeks ago, same as what you are getting, and ditched those Dunlops yesterday, for a set of 265/75/16 BFG Long Trails. The truck looks much better...
     
  8. Nov 14, 2010 at 7:53 AM
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    Truckn4life

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    yeah the stock tires are not that bad. I live in iowa and I drive highway and country roads. i think they handle great in water and not that bad in snow. I did have to lower tire pressure to get me outta a small mud hole in a field. In snow they spin out like crazy but i have never had any other problems. but, they really do suck for tires and they need to go. I have had to put aside to get some projects on my truck to get new tires before it snows. also one of my dunlops has a slow leak out of the valve stem. What tires should i get? looking for a commercial style light truck tire. great in snow??
     
  9. Nov 14, 2010 at 7:57 AM
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    DiamondDG

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    I'm getting 23mpg on highway with my Prerunner and yes stock tires are crap!
     
  10. Nov 14, 2010 at 8:17 AM
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