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#6906 of 7624 Octane Report
Apr 18, 2006 (5:54 am)
According to Consumer Reports, Annual Auto Issue, "Upfront Advice" Page 9, April 2006 is their article titled 'Don't buy premium fuel'. Here's a recap of that article.
"Don't buy premium fuel unless you have to---if your owner's manual calls for it or if your car knocks or pings on regular gas. Otherwise, use regular. Our tests have shown that any performance advantages with premium aren't noticeable for normal driving. In most cases, using premium in a car designed for regular gas wastes money."
Other parts of the article talk about Slowing down, Driving Smoothly, Reducing unnecessary drag and Minimizing driving with a cold engine.
Consumer Reports also rates the Tacoma above average in most all rating aspects and states, as per Toyota, that the 4 cyl and 6 cyl use regular gas. I think that when the new V6 was introduced the window sticker called for premium. This is no longer true for the '06 which uses the very same engine.
I use 87, and 89 without mileage distinction nor is there ping. Does anyone reading this get ping while using 87 or 89 octane? What octane and what MPG?
#6907 of 7624 Re: Vibration at 20 MPH [vincewood30]
Apr 18, 2006 (6:15 am)
I Wish I had read this forum before , I just took Toyota to Arbitration over this yesterday , They told me there were no service bulletins out on this 20 MPH vibration. I wish I had this amunition in my back pocket. I thought I was the only one with this problem. Toyota has refused to work on my truck anymore for this, that's why I went to arbitration, they have been telling me this a Normal condition of the Charcoal cannister for venting. Greek to me!
#6908 of 7624 Re: Vibration at 20 MPH [walters]
Apr 18, 2006 (7:19 am)
Walters, is your truck a 4x4 ? Toyota put in a new drive shaft for me with no improvement. Have you had any success getting your truck fixed ?
#6909 of 7624 Re: What is a good price for a 06 Tacoma? [vincewood30]
Apr 18, 2006 (8:55 am)
In general, I agree with you that a lot depends on if the driver knows how to drive a stick properly. That said, I'd bet that almost all those 215k miles were on the highway. And since it was a 2000 model car, they almost had to be. So almost anyone could do about the same given there is no wear taking place once in high gear.
Also, I believe the stress you put on the drivetrain by not using the clutch while shifting (after 1st gear) is setting yourself up for a far more expensive repair job than doing a clutch job.
#6910 of 7624 Re: Octane Report [len888]
Apr 18, 2006 (9:01 am)
In my '05 V6 4WD Tacoma, I have used 87, 89, and 91 octane on different ocassions and it runs fine (without pinging) on any octane. However, when I use 87 octane, you can definately notice that the engine adjusts by retarding the timing and it's not as responsive. For example, if I was driving up a very long hill on the interstate, it would feel slightly sluggish, rather than zipping along. The best highway mileage I've gotten was 21-22 mpg and octane didn't seem to matter.
#6911 of 7624 Re: Vibration at 20 MPH [smittyinnc]
Apr 18, 2006 (10:36 am)
I also have the vibration but mine starts at apx. 59 mph. The dealer installed a new driveshaft asy. several months ago but it didn't help anything. I had taken the truck back to the dealer but was told that it was "normal" for a truck to do that.
Last week I was under the truck checking on winter salt and anti skid damage when I noticed that all 3 zerk fittings on the driveshaft were at the 6 o'clock position. Out of curiosity,I got a piece of heavy string and ran it from the front to the rear zerk fittings. When I stretched the string tight, I saw that the zerk on the middle universal joint was nearly 1/2 inch out of alignment with the others.
I noted that the bracket holding the carrier had slotted holes so I loosened the two bolts (14mm)and moved the assembly so that the middle zerk lined up with the front and rear ones.
I'm not saying that this completely cured my vibration but I used to be able to tell when I hit 59 or 60 mph without looking at the speedometer. Now I have to pay attention to see if it's there and usually still can't feel/hear it.
Apr 18, 2006 (12:44 pm)
Does anyone know if road salt will erode my Tacoma running boards. They are an engineered resin, no metal. A Toyota mechanic said for me to wash them and apply spray undercoat. He likened the running boards with a Saturn which he claims has/had panels deteriorate from road salt.
#6913 of 7624 Re: Octane Report [len888]
Apr 18, 2006 (4:37 pm)
fwiw- my 2005 was built in Jan2005, calls for 87 octane, and I notice no difference in performance, just a slight change in mpg -not sufficient to make up the add'l cost / gal.
#6915 of 7624 Re: Vibration at 20 MPH [ftoften]
Apr 18, 2006 (7:59 pm)
Nice bit of detective work!