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#1012 of 2067 Tacoma- 4cyl -poor gas mileage
Aug 17, 2004 (3:36 pm)
I bought a 2002 2WD 4 cyl auto Pre-Runner reason being that I thought I would be better gas mileage with the 4 cyl. Ever since I bought it in overdrive and out, I get 13/14 mpg. I could not believe it! I have taken it to two dealers and they check and said everything was normal and that on the open road I would get 26mpg! Computer checked out ok. I went to the Regional Toyota office and filed a complaint and they sent me to a regional tech support guy that was at one of the dealers I went to and basically he said he could do nothing. Very disgusted....
Does any one else have a similar prolbem with the Tacoma? I also don't drive it in overdrive because there is a jerking motion like it is not getting enough gas. My recourse is to write a letter to Toyota higher ups and trade it in for something else. If someone has a better idea, I am really open to it. Thanks for the advice in advance.
#1013 of 2067 Re: Tacoma- 4cyl -poor gas mileage [lbow55]
Aug 17, 2004 (3:55 pm)
JUst a note.. I had a 1985 Toyota before and sold it with 185,000 miles on it.Was still getting 29 mpg, thats the reason I bought another Toyota, plus I liked the looks of the Tacoma. Really liked my other one but this one sure does give me mileage problems...
#1014 of 2067 Re: Tacoma- 4cyl -poor gas mileage [lbow55]
Aug 18, 2004 (6:44 am)
You didn't mention if you had std cab, xtnded cab, or double cab. Big differences in weight, and therefore mileage. (You use a lot of energy to get the mass up to speed, then you throw it all away as heat when you apply the brakes.)
FWIW, I've not been pleased w/ my mileage, but with my double cab 2.7l 4cyl, I've been getting around 16mpg in town (started at 15mpg until the 2.5k mile mark), and about 16mpg when towing my 1500 sailboat and trailer on the interstate at up to 65mph. If you're only getting 13 or 14 with a std cab, you're either driving in some real bad city driving, are an agressive driver, or there's something seriously wrong. The overdrive thing may be a hint. Mine works fine, though I usually turn it off when towing on the highway, because it'll cycle on and off on each overpass, and sometimes with windgusts, etc. while towing that big billboard of a sailboat.
Aug 19, 2004 (2:53 pm)
Your truck may need to break in. I have a 4cyl, 4wd, 5speed std cab, and at 30k I get average of 25mpg. When I first got it I was getting only 16-17. The engine does take time to break in.
#1016 of 2067 Re: mileage [gop4ever]
Aug 19, 2004 (7:20 pm)
I have a 2001 Taco w/ 6 cyl and 5M trans. I got 14-17 mph when new. Now get 20 - 21 highway. It pays to wait and to drive it as you want it to respond.
Aug 26, 2004 (3:34 am)
Recently purchased a 2004 4WD 6 cylinder- 5 speed extended cab Tacoma. There is a vibration in 2nd gear between 1750 and 2000 rpm. It gets worse as a load is on (trailer) or acceleration increases. Has anyone had similar problems and what was the remediation for it?
#1018 of 2067 Towing options- Tacoma
Aug 26, 2004 (4:10 am)
Is there a towing package for a V6-5speed Tacoma (2004). Dealer says there is, but can't find it in the options list (what else is new?) Thanks if you have any information!
#1019 of 2067 Re: Tacoma- 4cyl -poor gas mileage [lbow55]
Aug 27, 2004 (6:37 am)
Your poor mileage is b/c you don't drive in overdrive. Instead of having them check out why you burn so much gas, you should have them looking at that jerking motion.
My mileage increased gradually until the truck was about 3.5 years old.
Aug 27, 2004 (1:34 pm)
sorry for the length, this is a summary of my problem to date, i had to type it up for Toyota so i thought i'd share it here. i have omitted names of persons & dealerships. there are two toyota regional reps in the story line, rep "a" and rep "b", so follow closely
June 21, 2002: Took delivery of vehicle.
July 23, 2003: Took vehicle to service, strong mildew smell coming from the doors when window are rolled down. Service tech dispensed spray deodorizer in the doors. Mileage 12,106
November 12, 2003: Took vehicle to service. Mildew smell coming from doors again and worsening. Informed the service dept. that simple deodorizer was used previous, the problem had returned and that I wanted the issue resolved. Mileage: 15,004
Summer of 2004: Mildew smell in doors returned and is intolerable. Called dealer, spoke with Asst. Service Manager and explained the history of my problem. I expressed that I wished to bring the vehicle in to have the problem resolved, he set an appointment for later in the week.
June 10, 2004: Took vehicle for said appointment. Once again I expressed that the problem be resolved permanently. When I arrived to pick up the vehicle I was informed there was no problem with the vehicle. After a brief (heated) discussion the asst. service manager admitted there was an odor emitting from the door but there was nothing that could be done to remedy the problem. I explained that this was not acceptable and was informed of my option to contact Toyota Consumer Relations. I was given a contact phone number. Mileage 21,858
I promptly contacted Consumer Relations were I was assigned a reference number for my case.
Several Toyota representatives contact me over the next several weeks regarding my case. To each of them I must explain my issue in detail. These include but are not limited to: Regional Toyota Representative (a), Dealership Warranty Manager and Dealership Service Manager).
July, 2004: The dealership service manager contacts me and explains that the regional representative (b) would be coming to the dealership in early August. At that time he wishes to meet with me and to inspect the vehicle. The service manager agreed to call with the date and time of this appointment.
July 30, 2004: Regional Toyota Representative (a) contacts me to explain that "Toyota Regional has taken the position that there is no problem with the (my) vehicle". I express to her that the regional representative (a or b) has yet to examine my vehicle. I am told "the service manager and the regional rep (b) have discussed my case and concluded that no problem exists". I explain that the service manager has not inspected the vehicle either as he was absent on June 10th (the last time the vehicle was serviced). The Regional Toyota Representative (a) again expresses that the Region has concluded there is no problem and that the "vehicle is functioning as it was designed". I express that this is not acceptable and am informed of my option to open a National Arbitration Case.
I promptly call Toyota Consumer Relations and open national arbitration case number 2004007300076. Again I am asked to explain my issue in detail. I am informed that some papers and forms will be mailed to me.
I also contact the dealership service manager and the dealership warranty manager to voice concern that the process has failed and that I still wish for the regional representative (b) to inspect my vehicle. The service manager informs me he will setup an appointment with regional rep (b) and contact me with date and time. The warranty dept. manager informs me that the service manager overrides him and he is unable to help.
August 26, 2004: I have yet to receive the papers/ forms in the mail concerning my national arbitration case; furthermore, I have yet to hear from dealership service manager about my appointment with the regional rep (b), nor anyone from Toyota. Even worse, the regional rep has yet to inspect my vehicle.
I called Consumer Relations to explain that I have not received the forms in the mail and am informed that they were mailed out July 02, 2004. I asked them to confirm my mailing address, the correct address was on file. The dept. forms are faxed to me.
All four doors of the vehicle still emit a horrid smell of mildew anytime the windows are rolled down. This is not only disgusting and inconvenient, but is a health issue as well.
Aug 27, 2004 (1:48 pm)
dealer fixed my dash rattle with no problem, mention TSB #NV006R-02 or tell them "it's a rattle in the center of dash above radio and air vents from 30mph and up". my rattle was from 0-30mph but oh well, it's fixed. all the TSB's and recalls are on alldata.com.
the paint on the doors is textured from the factory
i am looking for info on the following TSB's
TC002R-03 engine/tranny controls, ECM reset
Bo026R-00 body/ water leaks (is this my problem with smelly doors)
EG025-02 A/T engine control- shift soleniod
TC001-02 A/T fluid requirment
i ask about the auto tranny cause mine doesn't feel right, it's hard to explain but something isn't right.