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#80 of 106 Low Low MPG in my 2002 Toyota 4Runner
Jan 26, 2009 (1:25 am)
Does anyone have any advice on what I can do for my poor 4Runner?
I just bought it used a two weeks ago and right from the start I noticed it using a lot of gas. I was encouraged to test it and told that they really do not do too badly so not to worry. Well after driving it for about 1,000 miles I have verified that it gets between 10.2 - 14.4 MPG and that is taking it easy, keeping it around 65 on the open road.
I have gone back to the Toyota dealer I bought it at and ask for some 'warrenty' work to be done to bring it up to better MPG. They told me that all checks fine on the computer - no error codes and I owe them for the bill. The 'warrenty' apparently only covers MAJOR items.
Also, does anyone have trouble with the 4-wheel drive not engaging at very cold temps such as I do here on the mountain (-15 degrees). It takes a full 2 to 5 minutes before it clunks into 4 wheel drive. I have tried driving slowly (15-20 MPH or stopping and shifting to Neutral then pausing and shifting to Drive or stopping and trying reverse, then neutral and drive. It just blinks and appears 'stuck' in limbo - not in or out of 4 wheel drive. Since the 4wheel drive worked when they looked at it; no repair work will be done.
When I talked to the dealer they told me that I should have bought a Lexus and that I have a 2nd rate vehicle - what did I expect for buying a 2nd rate car. (*!#!*&%)
The 4Runner has 120,000 miles on it and the dealer tells me now that it is worn out and I had better buy a new car at once. It looks just like new; I hate car sales BS especially when the dealer does not stand behind their sale 2 weeks later. (This is supposed to be a reputable dealer - lot of my family and friends have bought cars there with nothing but glowing reports...)
The 4Runner ran quiet at first, now it creaks and groans and sounds like it aged 10 years in a week. Still however it looks like showroom new. Is this just the nature of the beast; creaky, clunky, and all the rest? I hope not. They must have sprayed 10W40 in all the joints...
I have the V6 engine and it is a 2002 model. :
Thanks for your help.
Frustrated in Northern PA
#82 of 106 Real-world mileage with 2000 SR-5 4WD
Jun 11, 2009 (10:57 pm)
I purchased a 2000 SR-5 4WD new in Sept '00, and have recorded fuel consumption for every tank of fuel used. Truck now has ~145K miles, and has "stock" size 265-70R16 tires. Long-term average is 18.7 MPG in mixed city-freeway driving. I frequently see 23 MPG on long freeway trips. Note that this truck is equipped with the locking differential, which has 4.30:1 gearing, considerably lower than the "standard" 4.10:1 gear ratio. Consumption is calculated by odometer miles traveled/fuel used. Worst mileage ever seen was around 16 MPG ( I keep the tires pretty hard at 35 PSI.)
I drive "conservatively", rarely exceeding 70 MPH. Got 86K miles out of the original Goodyear tires, and got ~120K miles out of the front brake pads. All in all, by far the best vehicle I have ever owned. At 145K miles, total unscheduled maintenance has been two brake light bulbs ($4), one nylon gear rack for the power antenna ($27), and a blower speed resistor for the HVAC blower ($24).
Smog test results have slowly improved over the years; the most recent test had the lowest emissions of all tests performed so far (every two years in CA). Oil is Mobil-1 10-30, changed at 5K miles. Vehicle is completely rattle and squeak-free despite frequent 4-wheeling in CA desert areas.
I intend to keep this truck for 300K+ miles.
#83 of 106 Re: 2007 4Runner V6 SR5 4WD [newdavidq]
Dec 06, 2009 (4:39 pm)
I have the 2007 v-8 4wd 4runner and I have been using midgrade gase 89 octane the car is getting better mileage as well, I think next fill up I will try premium just to compare
#84 of 106 Re: Real-world mileage with 2000 SR-5 4WD [quarkster]
Dec 06, 2009 (4:45 pm)
I have the 2007 V8 4WD 4RUNNER that i bought dirt cheap with only 16,000 miles on it. I bought it just as everyone was in a panic about the price of gas. I also own a 2005 BMW 325ci, if there are any negatives about the 4runner I have not encountered one yet, I absolutely love it, I am looking to purchase a pop up trailer and have read many positive remarks regarding its towing capacity. I have not yet used the 4WD, but it is nice to know that I have it. I have probably only driven my BMW a handful of times since I have owned the 4runner.
#85 of 106 2010 4Runner V6 LTD 4WD with NAV
Jan 07, 2010 (8:20 am)
I was able to get 18MPG in the 1st tank from a dealer's low 6.7MPG when I took possesion of it. Now on my 2nd tank (around 400 miles in ODO) and computer AVG shows an amazing 22MPG mixed C/H miles. Wow, what an amazing vehicle, great job Toyota, you did it again!!!
#86 of 106 Re: 2010 4Runner V6 LTD 4WD with NAV [agnosto]
Jan 12, 2010 (3:00 pm)
I got 22.1MPG (computer AVG) and 22.533MPG manually calculated AVG in mixed driving C/H in 2nd tank of gas and 705 miles in ODO... very impressive for a 4805 lbs vehicle!
#87 of 106 Re: Real-world mileage with 2000 SR-5 4WD [quarkster]
Jan 18, 2010 (3:29 pm)
quarkster, what kind of MPG are you getting nowadays on your 2000 4Runner?
I'm thinking about buying a 1999-2001 and want to know if they still get close to original MPGs when new.
Also, thinking about spending a little more to get a 2003+ as it has 5-speed Auto Transmission.
#88 of 106 Re: 2010 4Runner V6 LTD 4WD with NAV [agnosto]
Jan 22, 2010 (12:50 pm)
I got 23.3MPG (computer AVG) and 22.642MPG manually calculated AVG in mixed driving C/H for the 3rd tank of gas for 440.2 miles and in a different gas station.
#89 of 106 Re: 2010 4Runner V6 LTD 4WD with NAV [agnosto]
Jan 25, 2010 (1:45 pm)
I just drove 325 highway miles (90%) on a full tank of gas and going away from home without cruise control I averaged over 24MPG (computer calculated) and here is the big surprise coming back home and using cruise control set most of the time between 56-58mph I got an amazing over 26MPG (26.4MPG to be precise computer calculated)... Wooow, what an amazing beastly vehicle the new 2010 4Runner Limited 4WD is... Thank you Toyota, you have done again an amazing job!!!