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What’s your average mpg?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Hamburgler_101, Jul 7, 2020.

  1. Jul 7, 2020 at 10:30 PM
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    Hamburgler_101

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    I’ve been reading some of the threads about tires and people are complaining that when they get bigger tires they drop from 19 down to 17 mpg or so but I’m regularly seeing 16 mpg with stock size street tires. Is there something I should check for mpg? I regularly check mpg and have never seen anything over 17 in the last year I have owned the truck. Everything is maintained well. Wheel bearings feel good, although I am replacing the fronts in a few days to install manual hubs, and will shortly do the rear bearings and seals as preventative maintenance since the truck just hit 234,000 miles. Any ideas? I don’t drive crazy or fast. Not super concerned as I figured the 16.5 I average was fine for a 20 year old truck but if something is not right I want to fix it. It’s a v6 extracab with 4.10. Anyone with the v6 wanna share your mpg?
     
  2. Jul 7, 2020 at 10:33 PM
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    Speedytech7

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    I've done a mod or two
    I get about 18mpg give or take depending on terrain with heavier 285/75/16 (32.8") tires. That's a v6 with a manual trans, I have a fairly light foot on pavement unless I'm passing.
     
  3. Jul 7, 2020 at 10:36 PM
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    High Noon

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    Pre Rona, about 19. During 0.

    265/75 E's was a combined 19. Got 21-22 on the freeway, flatland around 75-80mph. When I had the stock 70's on it was closer to 21 combined. Most of my driving has been highway miles though.
     
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  4. Jul 7, 2020 at 10:36 PM
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    Hamburgler_101

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    That seems really good for that size tire! I should have mentioned I have Hankook dynapro ht 265 70 16r tires they weigh like 36 pounds, but I have heavier steel wheels. I have the automatic
     
  5. Jul 8, 2020 at 1:08 AM
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    Fuergrissa

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    With E rated 285/75/16’s and armor/mods. Regear wil definitely help the mpg back to upper teens.
     
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  6. Jul 8, 2020 at 1:51 AM
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    Wyoming09

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    I am happy with my 10 to 12 mpg the few times I checked back when I first bought the truck

    Then it seldom gets driven with out a load and quite often Towing something as well

    The loads above the cab really reduce the fuel mileage.

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  7. Jul 8, 2020 at 10:03 PM
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    joe25rs

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    You can also visit Fuelly.com and browse the user reported mpg results for all years of Tacoma.
     
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  8. Jul 8, 2020 at 10:12 PM
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    I’m trying to focus on the positives these days so I don’t track my trucks mpgs.
    It’s got 255/85/16 mud terrains on steel wheels, golf cart batteries, an extra gas tank, armor, winch and a camper that sticks up over the cab.
    I’d guess I get 13mpgs on a good day.

    My car gets about 33mpg and my motorcycle gets 47.7 mph.
    I focus on those two fuel consumption wise.
     
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  9. Jul 8, 2020 at 11:18 PM
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    I'm getting around 17-18 averages. I don't peel off from a dead stop. I try to keep my RPM's under 25 hundred when I'm accelerating. On the Highway I'm getting 21, wish it was better, but these trucks weren't designed to be a honda civic.
     
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  10. Jul 9, 2020 at 5:45 AM
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    Are you going to regear?
    I’m thinking 4.88’s this fall.
     
  11. Jul 9, 2020 at 5:58 AM
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    95 ext cab, V-6, 257,000, 4x4, auto, manual lockouts, 245/75/16s on 3rd gen wheels, and 3:91 gears = combined 19mpg. Normally no load except fiberglass bed cover.

    FYI, my 2.7L gets 1-2mpg less. It is geared a bit lower and has ADD FR diff actuator, otherwise very similar truck.
     
  12. Jul 9, 2020 at 6:01 AM
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    I don't have a 1st gen anymore, but I was getting 16-18 with a lift and 33" tires.
     
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    0xDEADBEEF

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    Some tanks have been as high as 23.8.

    235/75/15 tires and 4.30 gears

    We'll see what it does now that I don't have a burnt valve :laughing:
     
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  14. Jul 9, 2020 at 6:40 AM
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    Bought this used 2003 Basic Cab "Certified" from Toyota dealership in 2006 with 59K on it. 14 years later... 97K... 21MPG City, 24MPG Highway. Repairs....Gas, Oil, Brakes, Tires. Nuff said.
     
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  15. Jul 9, 2020 at 7:39 AM
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    So far I’m on the same plan.
     
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    I’m planning on ECGS and doing the work myself.
    Still debating front locker while I’m at it.
     
  17. Jul 9, 2020 at 8:16 AM
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    your taco looks tired :(
     
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  18. Jul 9, 2020 at 8:36 AM
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    just like me I don`t look tired more like exhausted
     
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    Fuergrissa

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    Well your down there, might as well go Johnny tsunami (go big or go home). Currently debating the DIY or having a shop knock it out. Did some crude math and estimated with the slight increase in mpg it will take 50k miles till it pays for itself. If the job was done by a shop. :thumbsup:
     
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  20. Jul 9, 2020 at 8:52 AM
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    I like that math.
    I was debating have a shop do it for a while. I may have to reconsider my ECGS plan.

    Edit: also the idea of just dropping my truck off and picking it up when it is done is very appealing.
     
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