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#1842 of 2067 2001 Tacoma, Poor Gas Milage
Feb 11, 2006 (10:50 pm)
Could any one help me figure out why I get such poor gas mileage in my 2001 Tacoma, it is full time 4x4 with an extra cab, it has 18" tires that rub when turned tight. I have had the truck for about four months and only get around 250 miles on a tank of gas, I figure that's around 15 MPG.
I bought the truck for $9,000 from a woman who originally was asking $15,000, I was told that it had fender damage that was repaired, on signing the papers was informed that it has a branded title. The truck looks and runs great, all though I have been waiting to find the reason she came down on the price so much, as far as I can tell the only problem is the Gas mileage. Any idea's or suggestions.
#1843 of 2067 Re: 2001 Tacoma, Poor Gas Milage [kcurtis]
Feb 12, 2006 (3:53 pm)
This seems to be a common complaint. I bought a 2000 tacoma pre-runner 2wd/4 cylinder used and it gets only 17.5mpg. When I bought it I couldn't figure out why the bad gas milage. I was expecting 22+. The truth is that while some tacoma models might get that much, most small trucks get disappointing milage. (Probably due to the gear ratios) Before making any repairs other than a tune-up, check the internet to see what toyota says that model should get. Then deduct 10% or so because the factory estimates are rarely real-world. The tacomas are great little trucks however, enjoy.
#1844 of 2067 Re: 2005 ENGINE VIBRATIONS [pilot_lt]
Feb 13, 2006 (2:52 pm)
Thanks for the info, how ever when i took mine in originally they talked about and ordered a new skid plate, but when they went to put it on and realized the one that buletin was applying to was to the upgraded one. If they replace yours send me a reply with the part#. They have just replaced my motor mounts and still no diffrence!
#1845 of 2067 tacoma2001 vibrates and shakes
Feb 13, 2006 (3:50 pm)
I have Toyota Tacoma 2001 Prerunner, and when I stop at red light it shakes the whole cab, and vibrates and the idle goes under 600 RPM.
If I put it in neutral or I drive it on the road it runs prfect. Can you help me? I have changed idle air control system and i believe the idle control sensor.
I just don't know.
#1846 of 2067 2005 Taco-engine loses power?!!
Feb 15, 2006 (6:08 am)
I think I have an electrical problem with my 05 4cyl. Taco. First, the radio would cut out on cold days when I warmed it up-happened twice in a row, and it would come back on after about 10 minutes. Also, around that time I noticed a burning plastic smell, and a drop in mpg from 23+ to barely 18. Took it to dealer, they said nothing was wrong with it. Then two weeks later, on the way to getting gas on a colder day (around 20 degrees), the truck lost power, but didn't stall. Called AAA, they brought me gas and it was fine, ran fine after I had the gas station put dry gas in for me.
Then the other day, on the highway I had let it warm up for a little bit, and when I turned on the heater, the engine lost power but didn't stall. I called AAA, and they came. During the time I was waiting, the truck started up fine and I moved it a little bit further off the highway. I got it towed again to the same dealer.
The Dealer said it was something in the fuel system and replaced the sub tank, a suction hose and a suction gasket. Only problem is, I looked at the paper work and they wrote down that "truck stalled and would not restart", so I think they basically grasped at something to repair to "make me happy". The service advisor basically told me and my husband that the truck should catch on fire before the engine stalls out if there is an electrical problem. Great. I feel REAL safe.
Oh yeah, and I had recently noticed the burning smell again pretty badly and the mpg had again dropped a little bit (I have gotten it back up to around 20-21, but this tank was probably about 18 again).
Does anyone else have any similar problems?
#1847 of 2067 HELP..........Cruise Control
Feb 15, 2006 (10:55 am)
I have a 1996 Tacoma 4x4, and for whatever reason my cruise control doesn't work. And before I get f*cked by anyone as far as money goes, I figured I would ask here. So here's where I sound stupid....in the fuse box area, which fuse controls the Cruise Control? Figured I would start there and work my way up the money scale to getting it fixed.
Thanks Bunches ;p
#1848 of 2067 Re: Extended warr. for a 2001Tacoma? [dgawlak538]
Feb 16, 2006 (7:37 am)
I have a 2001 Taco with the 4 cyl. It is just under 50,000 miles. So far, I have only had to replace the power steering pump. The dealer wanted over $650 for the job. I did it myself for $100. Now the brakes are starting to squeek. I can fix those myself, also. I guess an extended warranty depends on your faith in the vehicle and your ability to fix things that break. I am hoping to 300,000 out of it. We'll see.
#1849 of 2067 Re: HELP..........Cruise Control [lilredtoy]
Feb 19, 2006 (6:47 am)
You might get better response to your posting if you used more appropriate language in a public forum. (ref. your 2nd sentence, posted in several topics) The question doesn't sound as stupid as the language in the 2nd sentence.
Now as for your question- as I often told my kids- Look it up. You have an owner's manual, don't you? Outside of that, the panels have labels.
#1850 of 2067 Re: 02 XC, 42K will not start- pump/computer bad - true? [ben2002]
Feb 20, 2006 (10:48 am)
I am selling my truck on cl, enough heartburn for me...
TACOMA BUYERS: BE WARNED - DO NOT EXPECT TOYOTA RELIABILITY FROM TOYOTA TACOMA TRUCKS - THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY UNRELIABLE, TOYOTA MAKES JUNK IN THE NAME OF TACOMA's (2002)
My previous posts:
Its been just 17 days and my Tacoma has the same problem all over again. ~30F ambient this morning, the motor turned but would not start, had AAA tow it to the same dealer. One thing I noticed is that my gas level is almost the same everytime I have this $700 problem, its halfway between the last quarter and E on the guage? Bad floater? Now What? With a new onboard computer, fuel pump, what's wrong? Anyone with a similar 02XC, 2.7L have similar problems.
TACOMA's ARE ABSOLUTELY UNRELIABLE. After I get this fixed, I'm fearing if this should occur on a busy Interstate someday, if given a choice, NEVER EVER buy a Tacoma outside of factory warranty. I am waiting for the dealer now to call me and give me a new estimate...
My original post:
#1783 02 XC, 42K will not start- pump/computer bad - true? by ben2002 Jan 17, 2006 (8:12 am)
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Hi Guys, I have a problem with my 02, XC, 42k, pre-runner. On sunday, with ~40F ambient, my truck would not start at all, it would crank well but did not start. I tried everything mentioned in the manual (alleviate flooding etc), but nothing worked. No use using a jump because the battery looked healthy. Eventually I had it towed to a dealer on Monday at 8AM, the guys there spent the whole day trying to diagnose the problem, at 5PM, they called me - it's "partially" the onboard computer and "partially" the fuel pump to blame. Since the onboard computer is still under warranty ( I think 60k) and I have a 6yr/100k extended warranty passed on from the owner, I didnt care to ask what "partially" means...but this was surprising to me because its too early for the pump and computer to die. And I am not questioning the dealers diagnosis because they had quite a number of people look at it. Has anyone experienced a similar problem this early or is that an isolated case. I am troubled with this experience, Toyota is much much better, I am sure.
#1851 of 2067 Piston Slap/ Cold Morning Knocking Sound
Feb 20, 2006 (2:13 pm)
Does anyone have a piston problem with their toyota trucks?
Piston slap is also known as "Cold Morning Knock" or "Cold Knock" and it is a rattling sound during a start up when the weather is cold and the car has been sitting over night.
If you want to learn more about it and hear the sound, goto www.pistonslap.com
I have a '99 tacoma with 67k and it started doing that recently, after five years of no problems in the past. The service dept at a toyota dealer finally heard the noise and diagnosed it as a "piston slap" and said it is normal, nothing to worry about, will not affect the durability of my car. However, it IS a big deal! and I am finding out that I am not the only one with a piston slap problem (although the manager claims I am). So, I am making a list of toyota owners with this problem to present to the Toyota itself and see what they will do about it.
Ford and Chrysler have already replaced thousands of engines b/c they recognize it as a big problem where as GM is refusing to do the same for their customers.
If you're having the same problems and want Toyota to do something about it, email me and be on my list.