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#7030 of 7624 Re: Shifting problem. [pathfinder]
May 22, 2006 (10:49 am)
I guess that we just have to get used to it. I do think though that Toyota should be able to do better than this. I bought Tacoma because it is supposed to be the best small truck. To think that I traded in my 2004 Dodge SRT-10 Viper truck on this Tacoma. Now thats a truck I can shift! I traded because I needed a useful and more economical truck for work. Srt got from 6-9 mpg. Had to use high test also. I have to use my old regristration plate from the SRT for a few weeks until I get the regristration from the dealer. My old tag says.. HEMI-THS. I will probably get rear-ended from a Hemi owner who is thinking, Tacoma this!
#7031 of 7624 Re: Shifting problem. [billdude]
May 22, 2006 (2:18 pm)
I hope that no one gets the wrong idea from my post. I love the Tacoma, just not the way it shifts. When I bought my 2004 SRT I traded in my 2002 Tacoma 4x4. That one had an auto. and ran great. Never once had a problem. I am hoping that my 2006 Tacoma will be just as good. Just checked the milage for the first time and got 16 mpg.Cool beans!
#7032 of 7624 Re: How to maximize mileage? [bigandy]
May 22, 2006 (5:11 pm)
I have a '05 Access Cab with a Fold-A-Cover tonno. It has a V-6 4.0L auto transmission. I average 21mpg between interstate and city driving which is split 50-50. Due to high gas prices I use mostly 87 octane (no corn alcohol in our gas mix yet where I drive here in the northeast).
You mentioned freeway driving. Does that involve creeping along and alot of idling? If yes, then your mileage is atypical for the Toyota v-6. That is, your not typical to consider true mileage calculations.
Don't forget tire pressure. and stay away from overdoing the bolt-on stuff like Westin grills. Happy truckin'.
#7033 of 7624 Re: 2006 Tacoma fast cold idle [boone88rr]
May 22, 2006 (5:20 pm)
The range of oil specs you cited was interesting. As a reminder to readers it's OK to switch from oil to synthetic but not from synthetic back to regular oil. Synthetic is superior for clean lubrication.
#7034 of 7624 Re: 2006 Tacoma fast cold idle [len888]
May 22, 2006 (7:07 pm)
As a reminder to readers it's OK to switch from oil to synthetic but not from synthetic back to regular oil.
They are 100% forward and backward compatible with each other.
In fact Auto-Rx recommends that you switch from synthetic back to dino in order for their product to work correctly and efficiently. Then you can go back to synthetic if you choose.
#7035 of 7624 Re: How to maximize mileage? [len888]
May 23, 2006 (9:04 pm)
I used the term "freeway" to refer to 50-75 mph, not bumper to bumper crawling, which is obviously a killer for mileage.
I talked to a Toyota mechanic a couple of weeks ago and it sounds like I don't have any sort of ongoing problem with my truck. These things are intensely monitored and will throw a "check engine" code if things are out of whack. You're pretty clearly getting better mileage than I am and I'm still not sure what to make of it. Tires were recently rotated and pressure was checked, so I down this is the problem. Oh well.
#7036 of 7624 Re: How to maximize mileage? [bigandy]
May 23, 2006 (9:53 pm)
Have you reset your ECU lately? When you take the next long trip, leave early and try running at 64mph and keep the RPMs low.
I have a stock 05 DC 4x4 6sp. Stock BFGs. No major mods. Only added a roll-up tonneau. No K&N. I use Toyota 5W-30 oil and filter. I've long switched to 87 gas (buying only BP/Amoco, Exxon, Mobil, Sunoco gas and in a few instances, Shell).
In warmer weather I get 16 city and 20 hi-way (sticker) speeds lesser than 65 mph keeping RPMs around 2300. In winter, mpg sometimes goes as low as 14-17 but I usually get 15-18. I have GPS. For every 25 miles traveled, only 24 shows on the odometer (about 4% difference). I don't even use that 4% difference when computing the gas mileage (as an offset to fill-up level). I keep the tire pressure at 34 psi. I use cruise control most of the time.
I had the truck since Nov 04 and my share of grumbling about gas mileage in the first 5K miles. 35K miles later, it's doing just fine.
#7037 of 7624 Re: Shifting problem. [pathfinder]
May 23, 2006 (10:22 pm)
a. the truck loves to shift on revs -- preferably high revs
TRUE. Shift on low rev (or gas pedal slightly off) and it gets that dreaded clunk especially from 1st to 2nd. (and there goes the MPG...)
c. heel and toe just is not possible -- the tacoma requires a full removal of accelerator and clutch pedal, respectively
LOL. I tried wearing heavy boots but it got worse. Some people have modified the pedal throw. Not sure how it went though as I wasn't too interested doing it.
#7038 of 7624 Re: Warning, don't buy the Scosche dash kit [wooddorker]
May 25, 2006 (7:57 pm)
My Scosche dash kit looks perfect. I love it. And I love my Eclipse AVN6600. Having a DVD player in the dash makes long drives so much more enjoyable. The GPS and Sirius radio is cool too. It makes me love being in my Taco even more than before.
#7039 of 7624 Re: Gas theft [len888]
May 25, 2006 (8:01 pm)
There is a valve in the bottom of the filler neck. You can't siphon out gas. It's like a floating ball valve. Gas can go down, but not back up. Most newer cars have this. I have a locking gas cap so that people can't put any foreign objects down in the filler neck.