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Old 07-26-2015, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Clovis Strong, NM
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So since I'm pretty much stuck with this thing, more or less, for the time-being, the biggest disappointment with this pickup truck is the fuel economy.
It was bad enough that I searched high and low and couldn't find a 5-6speed manual version.
But you'd think with the V6 equipped and no four-wheel drive system weighing it down, you'd think it wouldn't be too much of fuel guzzler.
Instead, I'm routinely seeing about maybe 18-20 mpg if I'm lucky on 200-300 mile trips, and I never floor it or go over the speed limit either.

I've been told about placing a cover over the bed to cut down on drag, but is there any thing else that could be done?
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Why do you need a truck? What tasks do you do that can only be done with a truck?
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Why do you need a truck? What tasks do you do that can only be done with a truck?
Silly reply.


Actually, that doesn't sound like bad mileage for any truck. Even the new trucks -- or my old 7.3 diesel -- don't normally do any better, afaik.

Some might tell you to get a louvered tailgate or just remove it, but practically speaking, it doesn't do much good. Trucks are just not very aerodynamic. You're pushing a ragged brick down the road.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Silly reply.


Actually, that doesn't sound like bad mileage for any truck. Even the new trucks -- or my old 7.3 diesel -- don't normally do any better, afaik.
It isn't a reply. It is a question.

What is silly is saying diesel trucks do no better than petrol trucks on fuel.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:09 PM
 
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18-20 mpg is pretty good for an 2WD V6 pickup truck with an automatic transmission, especially if it's an older (2005-2010ish) truck. You never did mention the model year.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:10 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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Trade it in for a Civic? 20mpg is what the truck should get.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:16 PM
 
Location: My little patch of Earth
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That's about all you'll get mileage wise. Mine is the same, even with or without the a/c on.

I did the throttle plate mod (NOT the Gadgetman nonsense, I just removed the restrictor thing). It made no mileage change but it does have better throttle response.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Actually, that doesn't sound like bad mileage for any truck. Even the new trucks -- or my old 7.3 diesel -- don't normally do any better, afaik.

Some might tell you to get a louvered tailgate or just remove it, but practically speaking, it doesn't do much good. Trucks are just not very aerodynamic. You're pushing a ragged brick down the road.
You glossed over the fact he said 18 to 20 on highway trips. I would guess around town it would be near 12.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:22 PM
 
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You're getting what this truck is supposed to deliver for MPG. 20 on the highway at road speeds is pretty good for this rig.
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Old 07-26-2015, 10:28 PM
 
Location: somewhere in the Kona coffee fields
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All US trucks simply suck when it comes to fuel efficiency.

The new, finally sold in USA, VW Amarok pickup, 4 door, has a choice of two 2.0-litre diesel engines: a 103kw turbo and a 132kw twin-turbo. Fuel consumption of 27mpg hwy.

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