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#11 of 367 Great mileage
Mar 20, 2002 (1:54 pm)
I had a 1996 Tacoma basic standard cab 4X4. It had air, an AM/FM radio and the all weather guard package, the 2.7 and 5 spd manual. That's it.
With the standard 3.42 axle ratio and the standard 235/75X15 tires I managed to get a best of 26.x MPG on the highway driving conservatively.
This truck was THE BEST truck I ever owned. When I sold it at 50,000 miles there were ZERO squeaks or rattles. I never should have sold it but needed something that would tow and carry 3 - 5 passengers. Ended up with a new '99 Sierra 4X4 that turned out to be junk and I sold it after about a year of ownership.....
Wish I had that Toyota back!
Mar 20, 2002 (2:34 pm)
Get yourself another Taco then.
I wish I could see some of your gas milage....but I don't drive on highway conservatively. I could get 20+ if I stuck to 70-75, but I can't do it.
Mar 21, 2002 (8:45 am)
What kind of truck do you own now? If you had an extended cab Sierra, I'm sure a Double Cab 4x4 Tacoma will not have any less room in the back seat for 3-5 passengers, and you win both ways because you own your Toyota again.
#15 of 367 Is your truck living up to the numbers?
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Jan 05, 2005 (8:18 am)
Are you getting the mileage you expected fromt he EPA estimates on the sticker? How's your Tacoma doing out in the real world?
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#16 of 367 Re: Is your truck living up to the numbers? [pf_flyer]
Jan 10, 2005 (1:40 pm)
I'm getting 18 in mixed driving. Haven gotten as good as 21.5 on the interstate.
Have V6 manual in a 2005 Access Cab Tacoma with TRD Sport package.
#17 of 367 Re: Is your truck living up to the numbers? [vmiman]
Jan 22, 2005 (4:02 am)
I have been keeping a mileage log for my '04 Tacoma x-cab 2.4l AT, but have been disappointed in the actual mileage. It's not like there are hills or anything in the D/FW area that would cause any problems.
At least the truck managed to approach the 25 mpg threshold on a roadtrip running 70-75 mph (with a tailwind ). But then again, maybe getting out of town and away from the reformulated fuel required here helped too.
#18 of 367 Re: Is your truck living up to the numbers? [yardguy]
Jan 23, 2005 (9:07 am)
I think, perhaps, that your truck was placed in service on 12-06-03 rather than 04, but nice log! What were the EPA #s on that particular rig when you purchased?
#19 of 367 Re: Is your truck living up to the numbers? [xwesx]
Jan 26, 2005 (6:42 am)
Sorry I didn't get back sooner, but yes, the date was a whoopsie. It's fixed now.
Seems like it was rated 22 / 25. But I found it interesting at the time that the mileage for the standard cab and extended cab were the same. The log shows that the stated city mileage was some sort of arbitrary, bogus number. Maybe the test track was downhill the whole way around...
On the other hand, my wife bought an '04 Rav, 2 WD, with the fancy 2.4l engine at the same time as the Tacoma and it handily beats its mileage guestimates -- while at the same time providing a whole lot more acceleration.
The downside to the log...I keep looking at the fuel price on those first couple of fill-ups
#20 of 367 Re: Is your truck living up to the numbers? [yardguy]
Jan 26, 2005 (1:11 pm)
Hahahahahha. I know what you mean. I just filled up my Subaru today with about 14 gal and thought, "Great! Only $27.50, the price has gone down!" Just a few short years ago I was filling up my van with close to 20 gal at the same price. Oy.
"City" mileage can really vary depending on just how "city" it really is. If you're doing a lot of stop/go, like once every block in a residential district, it will drop your mileage much more than having to stop every half-mile at a light on a main drag. For a truck that you use to work, those a pretty good #s. Far better than if you had a 1/2 ton or larger!