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What kind of milage with mods?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Murfs66, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. Aug 7, 2007 at 6:13 PM
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    Murfs66

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    I'm buying a 2001 tacoma Xtra cab with 90k miles and it has a K&N cold air kit with a throttle body spacer and a flowmaster exhaust . The rest is a stock setup V6 with A/T. He claims it gets about 25 miles per gallon on freeway. What do you guys think?

    What is the best I'll get with current mods and maybe more mods?
     
  2. Aug 7, 2007 at 11:17 PM
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    I had a '99 Xtra Cab PreRunner SR5 V6
    Possible with a 4 banger... no way in hell with a V6 to get that sort of mileage!
     
  3. Aug 8, 2007 at 5:59 AM
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    Best mileage I saw out of my friend's 2004 Xtracab (4WD) V6 M/T was 19 MPG. That was downhill from a hike in the mountains with nothing but two guys and two dogs in the truck.

    Best mileage I have heard out of a 1st Gen Tacoma with a V6 was 23 MPG, and that was an unloaded 2WD with an intake and a air-to-fuel ratio remapping.
     
  4. Aug 8, 2007 at 7:18 AM
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    So what kind of gas milage do you guys get ?

    I'm in the process of buying a truck and need to know the real milage of things.

    Thanks
     
  5. Aug 8, 2007 at 10:17 AM
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    I had a '99 Xtra Cab PreRunner SR5 V6
    I get about 19, almost 20 sometimes in my V6. I've heard others get as high as 23, but I'd say that would be the upper limit. Over 25 for a 4 banger like I stated earlier.
     
  6. Aug 8, 2007 at 10:31 AM
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    How fast are you going to get 19-20?

    Do you think with an exhaust systems and other modifications I can achieve 23MPG?

    I had a 2001 4runner with the V6 and an A/T. It had a cold air kit exhaust and a throttle body spacer and I was getting 23MPG at best.

    Is it possible with the prerunner?
     
  7. Aug 8, 2007 at 10:36 AM
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    I had a '99 Xtra Cab PreRunner SR5 V6
    I'm going 60-70 MPH on the freeway, but my odo may be off just a tad because I put slightly larger tires on, I need to recalibrate my ScanGaugeII. If you want higher MPG then either get a Prius or a Yaris, you have to remember, this is a truck and it's not as aerodynamic as other vehicles.
     
  8. Aug 8, 2007 at 1:53 PM
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    What size tire andmods do you have to get 20MPG ?

    What should I look for on this tacoma that I'm getting before I buy it?

    Its all stock and has 100K miles.
     
  9. Aug 8, 2007 at 2:17 PM
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    I had a '99 Xtra Cab PreRunner SR5 V6
    265/70-16 for the tires and I've got a 1.5" lift for the front with a stock rear. I also have the deckplate mod along with the TrueFlow dual stage foam air filter. Keeping it regularly maintained will help with your mileage along with driving like a grandmother.

    Not sure what you mean by what you should look for if it's all stock.
     
  10. Aug 8, 2007 at 2:44 PM
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    Yep hes full of shit I have an 04 and at best get 18 sometimes as bad as 15 I dont think mods are going to give you that much better mileage :D
     
  11. Aug 8, 2007 at 2:53 PM
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    Looks like you have a lift and big tires, I would think I would get a little more being stock.
     
  12. Aug 8, 2007 at 5:00 PM
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    yea but before I lifted it I was only getting maybe 20 on the freeway and I dont go over 70 I hate to waste gas .:D
     
  13. Aug 15, 2007 at 7:28 PM
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    i have an 01 access cab prerunner, and its stock, but i think i get somewhere around 16 to 18 mpg
     
  14. Aug 16, 2007 at 3:29 PM
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    Trucks are the worst designed vehicals for fuel milage , there big and boxy. if you want fuel milage buy a Civic. if you want a badass truck that goes through the deepest shit get a Tacoma and make sure you can affored fuel!!
     
  15. Aug 30, 2007 at 12:39 PM
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  16. Sep 24, 2007 at 10:26 AM
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    My first tank checks with Toy4Life's. I got 18.2mpg. My pickup had a glasspack muffler and a K&N airfilter in the stock air box. I recently changed the exhaust system out for a Magnaflow 2.5" pipe and muffler. Sounds much better now, we'll see if it changes the mpg any. I'll be putting an AFE Stage 2 cold-air intake on this week.

    While changing out the exhaust, I noticed I have two cat converters. I guess that means I have a California Low Emissions Vehicle. I wonder what else that means for my mileage.
     
  17. Sep 24, 2007 at 10:57 AM
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    the one time I checked it TacoZilla gets about 5mpg ....yeah i walked away from the pump crying lol.... my 4cyl gets 28 regularly with light foot driving
     
  18. Oct 12, 2007 at 5:37 AM
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    Ok, so last week I took a 4 hour drive from Pittsburgh to DC. My first highway trip of any distance after installing my Magnaflow exhaust system and the AFE Stage 2 Cold-Air Intake system. My pickup has a 2.7L, manual 5 speed, 4WD (ADD hubs), 4.30:1 diffs with 31X10.50 mud tread tires, and 121,000 miles on the odo. I have Mobil 1 High Mileage in the crankcase and new plugs. I drove as close to 2500rpm, using the cruise control, as I could, which reads about 65mph on my speedo and 63mph by GPS.

    Mileage: 21.62 mpg.

    My city driving mileage was 17.6

    I was a bit disappointed. I suspect the ADD hubs cost me some, as well as the high ratio gears. When the time comes I may try 33" tires, which may correct my speedo as well as effectively lower the final gear ratio. The added radius and weight of the taller tires may cancel out any gear ratio benefit, though. I may also try manual hubs.

    Also, my "check engine" light came on shortly before I left PG. I suspect it has to do with the AFE air filter. Didn't seem to affect the way the pickup runs. I'm going to try to clean the MAF with carb cleaner and see if it goes out. I also have a "Tornado" insert that was installed in the original filter and intake system. I removed it when I installed the new cold-air system. I plan to reinstall it in the new system and see if it makes any difference at all, but I wanted to get a baseline without it first.

    I'm not sure the AFE system has much effect on the gas mileage, as it seems to increase engine performance starting at about 2500 or 3000 rpm and above. Certainly didn't increase gas mileage sufficiently to ever make up its $220 cost. Looks cool, though. The metal intake tube gets hot from engine heat. I'm thinking about wrapping it with header wrap to see what effect that has.

    While I needed to change the exhaust system anyway, the Magnaflow exhaust system looks good and has a nice sound, but is a little loud inside for long trips. If I had to do it again, I might try a Flowmaster. I have been told they have better sound dampening. Again, I am not convinced the Magnaflow system added any to my gas mileage, as I am still below the rated mileage for a stock truck (22 mpg). Since the exhaust has to travel through the stock manifold and two stock converters, the original Toyota system is probably just as good, and much quieter. The $450 price tag makes the Magnaflow too high if you are just looking for mileage, however, like I said, it looks and sounds nice, and I needed a new system anyway, so I'm happy with it.
     
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    Tony,

    Have you heard a sound clip of the Flowmaster on the 2.7L? I am told that it is louder. :confused:

    I think I may just wait until my current muffler bites the dust till I change my exhaust.
     
  20. Oct 12, 2007 at 8:50 AM
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    When I bought my pickup last month, I found the previous owner had welded in a cheap glass-pack. It was so loud it gave me a headache. Besides that, the bolts and fittings were all pretty well rusted. That's why I went with the Magnaflow cat-back kit. Went right in, but they don't include the gaskets or bolts, so you have to pick those up from Toyota or a muffler shop. I was hoping for a bit of added mpg with the system, but didn't get any noticeable improvement over the original pipes with the glass-pack.
     
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