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Old 02-26-2013, 12:51 PM
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I think you're dreaming if you think you'll get 20+ mpg in a 4Runner. 15 is more realistic. Particularly once you start lifting it, adding bigger tires, bolting stuff to it... then you're right down in the 12-14 range with the rest of the 80's and 100's.

If you want a guaranteed 20+ from a truck, then get a 2wd Tacoma. Just not happening otherwise, IMO.

Negatory, not on a 5 speed. Mine is lifted, with 265/75's, and a supercharger and I can get 19 on the highway in the summer (with camping gear).

My old mans 97 gets 18-19 with the same, but 4.30 gears swapped in. His has an ARB and a winch with steel cable.

If a 4runner is getting 12-14, there is something wrong, even with an auto. My brothers Auto (also on 265/75's supercharged and lifted, he gets 17. 15 is on a very bad day.

However, a 4cyl tacoma single cab, even 4wd, will get mid 20's stock.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:56 PM
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^^ Agreed...The in-laws also have '99 with the V6 and 5 speed. My FIL's comment on letting me borrow the 2004 over the '99 was that the '04 got better gas mileage.

I'm a believer that a bigger engine doesn't mean worse gas mileage. If the engine isn't having to work as hard to move the brick through the air then you can get better mpg. I once borrowed their V10 Dodge Ram to pull the popup to Moab. We averaged 18+ mpg as I recall because the truck was barely having to work to pull the popup
This is very true. The newer V8's and V6's are more efficient designs than the older models.

Also, newer auto's will do better than sticks on mileage, due to more advanced computer control of the transmission, fuel delivery, and better design.

That said, and certainly no offense intended to anyone, as this is just my personal preference, but after 2002, the bodies are just ugly. I went with a 3rd gen for that reason alone.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:45 PM
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I don't know what you guys are talking about... I had a '99 5-speed, locked, etc. and only got UNDER 20 mpg on one tank driving 85 mph down to Dallas. I routinely got 23 mpg... It was an OK rig, but had about the same amount of soul as my refrigerator and I always saw myself coming and going. My wife totalled it (she was unhurt), and it's one of the best things that's happened to me in a long time. Don't miss it for a second.

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Old 02-26-2013, 02:07 PM
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I have a '98 5 speed 4Runner and check fuel mileage on every tank. 17.5 is very typical in mostly city driving. 19 if I include some highway. 23 is the best I ever saw in all-highway, driving 60-65ish. I used to get 19 in town, but at 190K, I now get more like 17.5. 4WD, v6, well-maintained.

I have pulled a popup cross-country in it, but it's a bit tiring every time a semi-tractor goes by and it starts swaying. If you do shorter trips in state, it's fine. This is not a cross-country vacation vehicle.
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I have a 1996 4runner with a 3.4 and 5 speed. I added an ARB with winch, OME lift, 285s, supercharger and a Snorkel. I've ranged in fuel economy from 16 up to 22 (corrected for speedo difference). It is very peppy and will out run the 1gr and 2uz (non vvti) 4th gen 4runners.

From my personal calculations of fuel milage on my dad's 4th gen 4runner 2004 v8, they were constantly 2 mpg less then the computer display. The best economy to date is 18mpg.
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I had a '99 supercharged 2.1" URD pulley auto locked lifted 285/65/18's drawer system and I got 19 city as long as I swapped out my lead foot. I drove all the way to Moab and passed everything in my way no problem. Drove to Sante Fe/Albuquerque never had any problems. I WILL be buying another one this year.

I like 99-2000 best due to a smarter tranny and uses an AFR sensor instead of O2 which will contribute to better economy. 2001-2002 have bleh traction control and no lockers. Older than 99 look funny to me and seem to be in worse condition overall.
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I have no plans to modify whatever rig I find...except maybe a S/C! I'm looking for a pop-up camper pulling, dog hauling, daily driver type of rig. I've got my eye out for a fully maintained 99 with a 5-speed with under 150,000 miles.
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I don't know what you guys are talking about... I had a '99 5-speed, locked, etc. and only got UNDER 20 mpg on one tank driving 85 mph down to Dallas. I routinely got 23 mpg... It was an OK rig, but had about the same amount of soul as my refrigerator and I always saw myself coming and going. My wife totalled it (she was unhurt), and it's one of the best things that's happened to me in a long time. Don't miss it for a second.

Be sure to count the price of a timing belt into your budget if you don't have a receipt indicating it's status.
Real classy dude.
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:42 PM
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I'm no expert, but here's my anecdotal knowledge:

My girlfriend bought a 99 Runner about 5 years ago and loves it. Gets 18-20 MPG. Was (poorly) lifted by the previous owner. Is great at moderate offroad travel. And still runs like a tank after almost 200k miles.

She bought a 99 because that was the latest model year that didn't look like a suppository in her opinion.
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I forgot to mention my mother-in-law drives a '00 with 298,000 miles on it and has the original no rebuild engine tranny everything. A little wheezy, but doesn't loose oil ANYWHERE. Great trucks
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