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Tips on how to improve gas mileage

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Yota4life, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. Aug 6, 2010 at 10:52 PM
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    Yota4life

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    Just wondering all of the small-big things i can do to improve gas mileage with my 03 tacoma. I am mostly wondering at what speed do these trucks get the best fuel efficiency, but ANY other advice would be great. I am getting about 17 mpg and I am all stock except 2 inch lift and 265 75 16 goodyear td tires which are beautiful so they are not going anywhere lol:D. Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Aug 6, 2010 at 10:58 PM
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    Deck plate mod adds a little horsepower but nothing really proven for gas mileage. Just keep a light foot on the gas and you will be fine. I'd be happy with 17 mpg.. I have a heavy foot so i average 14-15mpgs
     
  3. Aug 6, 2010 at 11:09 PM
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    To much to list!
    Dont drive unless you have to lol
     
  4. Aug 6, 2010 at 11:23 PM
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    Stop eating cheeseburgers.

    smaller tires would help too.
     
  5. Aug 6, 2010 at 11:50 PM
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    drive slower on the freeway, dont do jackrabbit starts, use CC on the freeway, dont use A/C, dont carry around stuff in your truck if you dont have to, blah blah

    Also IDK what gears you have with those tires but maybe upping the gear ratio in your diff will help the engine not work as hard
     
  6. Aug 6, 2010 at 11:53 PM
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    deck plate mod and a reaaallly light foot i also threw on a bed cover and got nearly 22 mpg on my 3.4
     
  7. Aug 6, 2010 at 11:58 PM
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    I have no idea how ppl get more than 16 mpgs... even all highway driving with cc on I can't get more than 17 with my 3.4. wonder if something is messed up.....
     
  8. Aug 7, 2010 at 12:01 AM
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    when you're going 75mph in the freeway are your RPM passed 2k?
     
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    O2sensor ?
     
  10. Aug 7, 2010 at 12:07 AM
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    ill check it out..
     
  11. Aug 7, 2010 at 12:07 AM
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    and yeah they are past 2k
     
  12. Aug 7, 2010 at 12:15 AM
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    how much passed it? mines is about 2200 at 75
     
  13. Aug 7, 2010 at 12:17 AM
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    I'd say it's around 2400 but ill check for sure tomorrow.
     
  14. Aug 7, 2010 at 12:29 AM
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    And where is this fuel filter you talking about?
     
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    hmm so replace fuel filter and stop being retarded.. i can easily do one of those
     
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    22 mpg was driving like a grandma just to see how high i could get it that means 60 mph tops and trying to never break 2k rpms besides off of stops i find that on roads where the speed limit is 40-45 its better to just go 50 so it shifts into 4th and only hits 1600 rpm rather than 1900
     
  17. Aug 7, 2010 at 9:02 AM
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  18. Aug 7, 2010 at 9:42 AM
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    Well, I have a 2003 DC pre runner.. and i posted before that the best mileage I got was about 19... I just got back from a road trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas... all highway, no traffic. I made a conscious effort to keep the speed between 60 and 65, which put the rpm's right about at 2000. I averaged 22.3 mpg on this trip. This was the best mileage I have ever recorded since owning this truck. Obviously the lack of stop n go was a huge factor, but I really do believe that keeping the speed down below 65 helped too.

    So, if you can help it, go a little slower on the highway, it should help, if just a little.
     
  19. Aug 7, 2010 at 9:51 AM
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    When I'm doing 70MPH my rpms are by 3-3500, I have a 5spd manual tranny, should the rps be lower than that at that speed?
     
  20. Aug 7, 2010 at 11:47 AM
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    Sounds about 1K high to me. You must have regeared to be turning that high. MPG must be real bad?
     
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