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Old 05-22-2012, 11:24 PM
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If you love the 80 then keep it. If the 4Runner puts a bigger smile on your face go that way. You'll get better MPG but not enough to offset the purchase.
Not going the 4Runner route...It is ok and makes a great long distance commuter it would appear, but overall it is a little small for my liking and needs for a family 4-wheeler...

But I really like the 2UZ in what I've been driving and figured I might like it just as much in a 100 series - just too bad the extra heft of the 100 series over a 4Runner results in a pretty significant penalty...I figured as much but I was hopeful.

It is interesting how varied folks' reported mpg figures are though...With the 80 they seem to pretty much be 10-12 loaded up, 12-14 stock.

I won't say I love my 80...It is getting older and despite being near bullet proof, sometimes I think having a more posh ride would be nice - Unfortunately for me I'm seeing less and less off road time and more and more long drives to soccer tournaments and 10-12 mpg is painful
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It is interesting how varied folks' reported mpg figures are though...With the 80 they seem to pretty much be 10-12 loaded up, 12-14 stock.
I don't know if the later years of the 80 do better on fuel or I just got the right touch on the gas pedal. But I still get 12 in town and 14 on the HWY built. Stock I'd get up to 18 on the HWY. Towing the camper home this past weekend I got almost 11.

One of the big variables people never mention is what speed they drive. I stay at 75 on the interstate. Pushing it 80 will drop my MPG a mile or two. Living where I do my truck does not see much more than 70 that often.
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My 17 mpg was driving Hwy 285 at 55 out to Buena Vista and back.
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I don't know if the later years of the 80 do better on fuel or I just got the right touch on the gas pedal. But I still get 12 in town and 14 on the HWY built. Stock I'd get up to 18 on the HWY. Towing the camper home this past weekend I got almost 11.
Interesting...Both my LX and the 80 are 1997 years.

In town, with a light foot, I "might" eek out 12mpg in the LX. On the highway, I might eek out 14 on a good day that doesn't involve a lot of hills.

I don't drive the 80 much but in town it might eek out 14mpg...Highway I think the best I saw was a drive to Steamboat and back where I got maybe 16mpg, coming back where it was mostly downhill . I imagine if we lived in the flatlands we could get better.

MPH wise, I typically drive within +5 of the speed limit. I know at 65mph gas mileage will be better than at 75mph...But drive that slow in places and people will try to run you over.

I think you should keep your 80 for a long time because that engine seems to running very efficient
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:15 PM
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I must have less air resistance with all my high altitude driving
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I've also found that occasionally the mpg will be oddly high or low. (I got 18 once in my built up 60 driving from Bryce To Zion. It never happened again.) I write it off to either a headwind or tailwind. For that reason I put little value in any reported achievement based on a single trip.
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10-12 All day, every day. Slee'd, Geared, 285s Drawers, Fridge, usually 4 peeps, fully loaded at ~7200lbs. Last long road trip I was on I averaged 16 doing ~80 most of the way to Vegas.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:17 PM
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I've also found that occasionally the mpg will be oddly high or low. (I got 18 once in my built up 60 driving from Bryce To Zion. It never happened again.) I write it off to either a headwind or tailwind. For that reason I put little value in any reported achievement based on a single trip.
I agree there. I will say my 18 in stock form was not an isolated event. Nor is my 14 now built. During our trip to Myrtle beach last summer I watched it real close. 13.5 rough overall average from memory. I calculated it each tank but never did the math for the overall. Best was 14.2 lowest just over 13. over a 4400 mile trip at interstate speeds.
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It's an old thread, but I'll throw in my numbers. This is for a '99 on OME 866s and 285/75/16 tires using 6% as compensation for the tires. The roof rack was three yakima bars, two bike trays, ski holders (rotated horizontally) and a fairing.

12 mpg - with roof rack and towing 5k pounds (uhaul auto hauler with car on it)
13 mpg - mixed driving with the roof rack
14 mpg - highway with roof rack
14-15 mpg - mixed without roof rack
17 mpg - max I've seen, all highway without the roof rack
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