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Road Trippin!

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by FoggyDesigns, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. Aug 20, 2011 at 7:23 PM
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    FoggyDesigns

    FoggyDesigns [OP] Slowly succumbing to the mod bug...

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    Just took the taco on a 3000 mile roadtrip to the Grand Canyon from the Big D. I was hauling 6 guys gear in my bed with my softopper up the whole time.

    The truck did amazingly well, but I did find out a few things. First, when everyone said that the 4banger was useless on hills i thought it was an exaggeration, not so. it was interesting to have my foot planted and actually loose some speed up a hill. Second, my hwy mpg is the same as city. Third, i really need to upgrade my speakers.

    Overall though, it did great. Now I need my oil changed and I'll get the rear spring TSB at the same time :)
     
  2. Aug 20, 2011 at 10:06 PM
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    jking3002

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    Glad you enjoyed it. My 4 Banger is a manual and with a quick downshift to 4 (3 on a huge hill) my truck does fine without mashing the throttle. I assume you're driving the auto?
     
  3. Aug 21, 2011 at 9:17 AM
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    ohdrj1all

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    Yep, my 2.7L, 5spd does fine going uphill... do have to downshift into 4th sometimes though. This is on a 70mi road from Fountain Hills AZ (ie, Phoenix) to Payson, AZ, from about 1200ft elevation to 4800ft... so it's a pretty good long drawn out consistent climb out of the Phoenix valley and a good road to test the 2.7's uphill capabilities.
     
  4. Aug 21, 2011 at 10:40 PM
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    I am driving an auto. I can see the advantage of manual in the hills though.
     
  5. Aug 21, 2011 at 10:44 PM
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    08pretaco

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    haha LMAO! That hill sucks, then there is the long drawn out mountain into Flag as well! sucks
     
  6. Aug 22, 2011 at 6:29 AM
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    Yeah, the hill up I17 to Flag sucks even worse! :)

    The Payson route (Highway 87 or the "Beeline Highway") is one I drive a lot. And I mean a lot... we own some land up in Apache, Co AZ (about an hour east of Show Low) and I drive up there a lot. Have done climbed that hill in a variety of vehicles over the years:


    • 2005 Chevy 2500HD 4x4 6.6L/auto Duramax diesel: truck in general was a constant trouble maker, in and out of the dealer's service department constantly & I got rid of it after 2 years... but it could climb the crap out of this hill without even noticing
    • 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 5.9L/auto: went up the hill fine, but it downshifted aplenty (& got 12mph doing it!)... best done not in OD
    • 2004 Jeep Liberty 4x4 3.7L/auto: went up the hill fine, did downshift quite a bit too... best done not in OD
    • 2008 Jeep Commander 4x4 4.7L/auto: climbs the hill fine, but downshifts a lot too during the process... best done not in OD
    • 2008 Hyundai Accent 1.8L/5spd: 108hp (or something like that) and does a surprisingly decent job... yeah downshift a lot but it is a very light little car & handles it okay... gets about 35mpg doing it!!!!!!:eek::D
    • 2003 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 2.7L/5spd: does a find job of it as mentioned above... does require downshifting, etc and gets about 21mpg on the climb up (25mph coming back down the hill)
    I need to take the Taco to Flag once just to see how it does! :)
     
  7. Aug 24, 2011 at 2:08 PM
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    AndrewFalk

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  8. Aug 29, 2011 at 4:04 PM
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    man i feel sorry for the guys who had to sit in the back the whole way! lol i can only last about 10 minutes back there
     
  9. Oct 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM
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    YodasYota

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    I just tell people it's a 2 seater:rolleyes: my friends won't go back there and I don't blame em. Owell she still takes me on all my west coast surf/camp trips. The grape vine is the only area she struggles a bit in.
     
  10. Oct 20, 2011 at 6:25 PM
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    CUtacomaTIGER

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    i find my 2.7L 4 cyl with the 5 speed has adequate power. On the interstate where you go 70+ i've never had to down shift to 4 to maintain speed. I run about ~2500 rpm @ 70 mph which at that rpm the engine is make enough power & torque.

    Although I travel from upstate south carolina to western north carolina often and there is a few big hills going up in between the mountains on US Hwy 25 that i do have to shift down to 4th to maintain 60 mph.

    Overall for me the gearing seems very short in my truck which causes higher rpm overall and enough power usually. I think toyota did this on purpose to make sure the 4 cylinder was pumping out enough power/torque.
     
  11. Oct 23, 2011 at 8:44 AM
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    Not mine. I get 20 to 21 city. Just took a 350 mile trip from 4500' to over 7000' with a lot of up and down in between & back. Mostly hwy and some 40 to 65 mph dirt roads and got 23.5 mpg.
    Manual is the way to go.
     
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