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Poor fuel mileage, can't afford to run the truck.

I live in upstate NY, the albany area to be exact and diesel approaching $4.00/gallon real fast. When I bought my truck there was no ULSD, and my truck was getting like 18-19 in the city and 23-25 on the highway. Now it gets like 15 maybe in the city, and 17-18 highway. I was going to keep this truck cuz I love it, and maybe by another used Toyota Tacoma 4cyl 4X4 5spd, but before I make that leap. Are there any reliable mods I can do to my truck to get the MPG up? I have a 4-inch straight pipe turbo back, and I was gonna buy a AFE stage II intake, but I don't think that will help that much. What can tuner like a 6-POS offer or anything else. I'm sure it will cost less to mod my truck and pick up fuel mileage then to buy another vehicle. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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A filter would probably help a little. But I am also very curious about the mpg mods. What is there without sacrificing power or speed much (i don't care about smoke, that'll just get me pulled over)? Btw, here in MI fuel is 3.85-3.99 .... effin ridiculous.

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I have heard that there are tons of chips out there that offer an "economy" setting that is supposed to offer 2-3 more MPH. I know a good oil change will bring it up. Also make sure your tires are toped off for less rolling resistance.

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I live in upstate NY, the albany area to be exact and diesel approaching $4.00/gallon real fast. When I bought my truck there was no ULSD, and my truck was getting like 18-19 in the city and 23-25 on the highway. Now it gets like 15 maybe in the city, and 17-18 highway. I was going to keep this truck cuz I love it, and maybe by another used Toyota Tacoma 4cyl 4X4 5spd, but before I make that leap. Are there any reliable mods I can do to my truck to get the MPG up? I have a 4-inch straight pipe turbo back, and I was gonna buy a AFE stage II intake, but I don't think that will help that much. What can tuner like a 6-POS offer or anything else. I'm sure it will cost less to mod my truck and pick up fuel mileage then to buy another vehicle. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
i have no tunerand get 15 ity and up to 23.5 highway not towing depending upon the speed. I've been thinking of a tuner there is even one that gaurantees you 3 mpg improvment or your money back.

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I change my oil every 3K miles, and my fuel filter often too. So I figured, with an intake, and a tuner it would help. I want something reliable that gives me better fuel economy and some more power if possible. I don't care about smoke. I keep my tires where they should be, and rotate them ever 3K.

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wow, someone actually changes their oil at 3k? I do mine at 7 or 8 and will wait even longer when i switch to amsoil... look into amsoil, i dont know if they gauruntee better mileage but they say it will help

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I'll look into it. What about a tuner, programmer, chip. Anything.

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I change my oil every 3K miles, and my fuel filter often too. So I figured, with an intake, and a tuner it would help. I want something reliable that gives me better fuel economy and some more power if possible. I don't care about smoke. I keep my tires where they should be, and rotate them ever 3K.
You could always get yourself a mini truck for fuel mileage but if you want to haul stuff there is no way you can do the work without expending the energy which means more fuel consumption. I would love to have a small D in a Ford Ranger for light duty hauling and mpg. I had a Ford Escort D back in 84 that would get 45mpg plus even at 70mpg crossing the Sierra Nevada mountains! Loved that little car. My wife decided to modify its shape some what so it went to the junk yard. Sad.

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Thats what I was saying, I am condiering buying a Tacoma (Had one before I bought my PSD) 4cyl 4X4 5spd regular cab. But I'm sure it will be cheaper to mod my PSD if I can get better fuel mileage doing it.

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Thats what I was saying, I am condiering buying a Tacoma (Had one before I bought my PSD) 4cyl 4X4 5spd regular cab. But I'm sure it will be cheaper to mod my PSD if I can get better fuel mileage doing it.
tacomas get crappy gas mileage. At least the guy at work that just bought a new one says they do. He likes my F150 with the 4.6L cause it gets better mileage than his tacoma. Not sure i can believe that cause the 150 is one heck of a lot more truck.

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