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Regretting the 4 banger..Tundra Questions

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by xwillx93, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Oct 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM
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    xwillx93

    xwillx93 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Right now i'm riding in a 2009 2.7l 4 banger...reg cab manual. I love the truck to death, done tons of mods to it (and kept all stock parts in case i wanted to trade it in). The manual is fun, but can get inconvenient, the regular cab is nice since i dont have to tow any friends around..and the 4 cylinder is efficient. My problem; i need to be able to fit more people, tow heavier, we have a 28' Edgewater boat, and having an automatic would be easier and more convenient. Has anybody switched from a 4 banger to a Tundra? or even a v6 to a tundra? How's the gas mileage? I'm beginning my search now, but just wanted some input first. thanks guys:cool:
     
  2. Oct 15, 2011 at 3:39 PM
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    MightyMouse-SCT

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    Gas milage would be horrible . Get the big v8 if you go tundra . Should be tons out there . Gotta pay to play .
     
  3. Oct 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM
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    tacokid09

    tacokid09 it's about the off-road miles

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    i have a reg cab like you (same year too) and my dad has a sport DC. i think a tacoma would do you good. check out the towing thread and youll be surprised about what people tow with the 4.0 v6
     
  4. Oct 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM
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    Stubbs95tacoma

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    The dodges get great gas mileage they run on 4cyl when they arent being pushed hard and then they fire on all 8 when you are heavy on the accelerator this would be best for you IMO
     
  5. Oct 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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    Yeah . It sounds like he needs 4 doors and plenty of power and I wouldn't skimp on any of it . Go 4 door and big motor so you don't have to trade up again . 15 mpg would most likely be your best gas milage .
     
  6. Oct 15, 2011 at 4:02 PM
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    I went the other way from a 5.7l Tundra double cab to my V6 double cab Tacoma. The Tundra netted me 18-19mpg average and my taco gets me 19-20. A lot depends on driving style and terrain but the Tundra was not much worse then the taco and it had a lot more power. It will be a big drop from a 4cyl. The Tundra was a great truck though. I do miss the sound of the big v8 but my taco does all I ask of it.
     
  7. Oct 16, 2011 at 4:43 AM
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    I switched from the 5.7ltr trd off road tundra to my 4x4 2.7ltr tacoma and would never go back. I did a lot of suspension mods and power mods to my tundra. it had balls like you wouldnt beleive but also got about 11mpg loaded or unloaded. Great truck for hauling and working with although for off road capabilities and a daily driver you cant beat the tacoma. plus finding a parking spot for the tundra was a bitch
     
  8. Oct 16, 2011 at 8:49 AM
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    maybe a stupid question but are you currently towing that boat with the taco? must be way over the 3500lb capacity if you are...
     
  9. Oct 16, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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    Depending on how much the boat weighs I bet you could tow it with a V6 Taco and the mileage would be loads better than the Tundra.
     
  10. Oct 16, 2011 at 4:57 PM
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    If mileage is a big concern, you could run a diesel truck on free vegetable oil. I used to commute 150 miles per day on free vegetable oil. Then I got my 4.0 Taco and I still feel like a sucker every time I buy gas.
     
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    my junk dies when I put more than 400lbs in the bed. I can't even fathom what it would do if I actually tried to TOW with it ! It is a great driver/errand CAR w better MPG than the Dakota 5.2L it replaced...
     
  13. Oct 22, 2011 at 10:44 PM
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    Weird . I carry nearly 400 lbs at all times and mine runs fine . Though I'm not going up and down 6,000 foot elevations .
     
  14. Oct 22, 2011 at 10:54 PM
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    Mine doesn't bog down at all , of course I got the manual transmission!!
     
  15. Oct 23, 2011 at 2:23 PM
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    I towed a 5x8 uhaul which was packed full of crap, plus some stuff in the cab and bed from Gainesville to Philly no problem. Got about 300mi/tank when I usually get 440mi but that was to be expected.

    Hills werent a problem and I poked right along at 65-70 the whole way.

    i was really surprised at what that 2.7l is capable of.
     
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    Ya I love Toyota, but if you need to go full size, you should be looking domestic. Dodge, chev or Ford. Right now, Im liking the new F150 with the 5L motor. Seems like it would fit my needs, and sounds like yours too. I get a sick discount for working at the shipyard I work at too, so Im looking into it next year for another truck
     
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