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Not happy with tacoma mpg

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by nocarsallowed, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Oct 14, 2008 at 8:19 AM
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    nocarsallowed

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    Well it was a good run. The truck is nice and superior in the mid-sized truck market but it's not working out for me. The mpg is only slightly better than what I was getting on my F-150. the F-150 was giving me 17 on the hilly highways. the tacoma is giving me 18 when I expected over 20. I think the hills in my area is what making it do poorly. Thanks to all that helped me with my decision and answered my questions, but I've decided to ditch the tacoma and go back to Ford.
    I'm interested in their Hybrid Escape model that does 34 mpg city and 31 on the highway. After driving the tacoma I'm no longer interested in the lame gas shocks of the ranger. it makes the truck suspension too bouncy and inferior to the tacoma. I think Ford dropped the ball there. lol.

    I'll be driving my tacoma till I get the Escape hybrid. the dealership doesn't have one, so I have to order it. till then I'll stick around the forum.:cool:
     
  2. Oct 14, 2008 at 8:21 AM
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    lsocoee

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    You could hold out until the F-100 comes out...
     
  3. Oct 14, 2008 at 8:24 AM
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    it sounds to me like u need to crunch some numbers. the amount of money u are going to lose on your tacoma and the cost of the new hybrid your buying v.s the better gas mileage. its going to take u years to make up the amount you lose on the amount of gas u will save. just doesnt make sence it is very short sited thinking.

    p.s. what kinda gas mileage did u think u are going to get in a pickup truck anyway?
     
  4. Oct 14, 2008 at 8:36 AM
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    eordonez

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    sorry to hear that man, but.... i think you need the Tacoma to break in, its just to new, when i first got mine i tought it would be my ruin coz of the mpg, but now after 9000 km its settled and my mpg has improved a lot, also i learned how to drive without a lead foot hehe
     
  5. Oct 14, 2008 at 8:37 AM
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    Simon's Mom

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    You got Ford to take back the Ranger, maybe Toyota will set you up in a Highlander Hybrid?

    All my trucks got better gas mileage once they break-in. I would agree on crunching numbers prior to trade in to see how many years its going to break even on all that gas savings.

    Good luck with your purchase.
     
  6. Oct 14, 2008 at 8:47 AM
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    TacoCo

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    Wait... how many tanks of gas have you been through? one tank of complimentary gas from the dealership? My fuel efficiency has certainly gotten better since I brought mine home, and it helps to coast down the hills :D
     
  7. Oct 14, 2008 at 8:52 AM
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    TacoSter

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    17 must have been down hill? :rolleyes: I had a 150 and got 12 on a good day
     
  8. Oct 14, 2008 at 9:04 AM
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    My buddy has an 06 f150 4x4 with the 5.4 and thats about what he is getting 12-13 mpg.
     
  9. Oct 14, 2008 at 9:10 AM
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    i had a mustang before and i would never go back and sure i could have bought a sick f150 with what i spent on my taco but im very satisfied
     
  10. Oct 14, 2008 at 9:10 AM
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    Hello, how much miles till break in or until I see improvement? I have 547 miles and on my second tank of gas. I got about 390 mi on my first tank gave or take 5 miles.
    Transmission type is different. F-150 was a RWD. Tacoma is a 4X4. I wanted 4X4 because in winter time an icy patch on a hill and a RWD truck don't mix.
    going easier on the pedal up a hill is not an option. hmmm. what I could do is what I did with my F-150. I sped down the hill and used the momentum so the engine won't have to burn as much energy going up the second hill. but keep in mind the tacoma cruise control is hard on the pedal too when going up the hill. lol.
    Let me try my old technique and report back.
     
  11. Oct 14, 2008 at 9:13 AM
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    There is a F-100 coming out?
     
  12. Oct 14, 2008 at 9:13 AM
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    390 is good I don't get that now cuz of my lead foot but your truck need to break in your only on your 2nd tank just wait before you give up
     
  13. Oct 14, 2008 at 9:13 AM
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    I am still getting consistently over 20 mpg on my Taco daily.
     
  14. Oct 14, 2008 at 9:14 AM
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    Your truck isn't even close to being broken in. Keep it and run it. I have 5000 miles on mine and it continues to improve with each tank. FWIW, my WRX increased until about 50,000 where it flattened out.

    Your rings are barely seated right now!!!!
     
  15. Oct 14, 2008 at 9:14 AM
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    yeah suppose to replace the ranger and compete with other mid size trucks like ours
     
  16. Oct 14, 2008 at 9:15 AM
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    when they ditch the ranger in the next year or two, they're supposed to coming out with a small version of the F150. Presumably called the F-100.
     
  17. Oct 14, 2008 at 9:15 AM
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    i swear my first tank- from the dealership- lasted FOREVER. like a month, and it was only after going on a 4 hour trip weeks after purchase that i had to fill up.

    Now it seems like i burn a quarter of a tank going across town, and i'm filling up weekly.

    i want more of that magic gas they used.
     
  18. Oct 14, 2008 at 9:16 AM
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    I've heard that it is more of an issue of govt mandated fuel mileage. If they move the Ranger into the same class as the F150, then the average fuel economy requirements can be met by Ford. :confused:
     
  19. Oct 14, 2008 at 9:24 AM
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    lsocoee

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    maybe they were sending their gas gnomes over in the night to fill up your tank.
     
  20. Oct 14, 2008 at 9:26 AM
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    its still a baby! i had to wait about 5000-6000 miles for it to break in, and i can tell that its still improving, on the other side, cruise control is not to good, when i do use it i dont allow the truck to "resume" the previous speed, because it wants to achieve the previous speed to fast and the RPMS go over 2500-3000, thats not good for MPG, what i do i gently accelerate til the desired speed then press "SET" again... good luck with the new tests.....BTW im getting qbout 18-20 MPG city....
     
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