Hey i was looking all over for a site like this where people care about Fuel Economy. I drive a 1992 Toyota pickup and it's a V6. yes it's a gas hogger compared to some of your cars, but i want to increase my FE so i wouldn't have to pay so much at the gas pump. can you guys throw me some key ideas where to start? i don't care for the power, i'm all in for better FE. thank you guys
You can find so much here to help you. Use the search button to find topics we have previously discussed.
A couple things you can do off the top of my head:
- Change wheels + tires to lighter ones (looks like you have some swampers on)
- Install a bed cover. (For better air flow) --less wind resistance, more mpg
- Take out un-needed objects from the truck (rear seats and plastic pieces)
Simple things to do next trip:
- Avoid braking (when you brake all your previous kinetic energy [forward motion] is lost, thus fuel economy suffers)
- Take un-needed items out of your truck (every pound out helps)
- Drive slower! (less wind resistance)
- Avoid multiple cold starts (combine trips) Multiple cold starts are not only harmful to your engine, it is a fuel economy killer.
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GasSaver: 2000 Honda Insight Silverstone w/AC 65+mpg
Track Terror: 2002 Honda S2000 Gran Prix White- lots of mods - 28mpg
Beater: 1988 Honda Civic DX Hatback - Stripped - 30mpg
RIP: 1996 Honda Civic LX 42mpg - you will be missed
I have a base model 93 Toyota pickup with the 4 cylinder and 5 speed. Among other things I use it to tow my teardrop trailer and haul my ultralight aircraft. Even pulling the trailer it can get 30 mpg. Not nearly as good as my Swift but I can't really tow anything with the Swift.
Just like the others have said, keep the tires inflated, upshift at low RPMs, be light on the throttle peddle, put on a lightweight canopy, use synthetic gear oil in the tranny and rear end.