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Old 10-15-2012, 04:06 PM   #15
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Interesting, while the Tacoma and the Fj Cruiser use the same engine, according to Edmunds the horsepower and torque number are different, as are the mpg numbers. I wonder why? Raz
The FJ Cruiser and 4-Runner on which it is based has the dual VVT-i technology which features variable valve timing for both the exhaust and intake. The Tacoma engine is VVT-i for the intake side only, which accounts for the lower output.
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:10 PM   #16
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Different cam for the different torque/HP requirements for the different applications
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:24 PM   #17
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Mystery solved. Thanks, Raz
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:17 PM   #18
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We rang in this area from 122.6 liter to 132.9 X4 $4.90 to $5.31 US gal so better mileage helps
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:43 AM   #19
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Nice looking rig! Let us know what kind of towing mileage you come up with. Last year I was at a meet in the California desert and a friend had towed his twenty something foot long stickie with a new FJ. He had that thing loaded to the hilt with way more than 500 lbs. tongue weight. It was sagged way down in the back, but the engine pulled the load with no problem. It looked like it would handle a 16' egg with relative ease.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:31 AM   #20
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I believe my t/w is around 345#, will check it this week and report about the first tow next weekend while going to the fall rally here in Burnt Cabins,Pennsylvania, the leaves are just starting to turn.
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:00 PM   #21
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I want to buy a newer truck, 2009 /tacoma, V6 or should I get a V8 I want good gas milage, I have a 16 ft Scamp with lots of junk!
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Well, I towed for the first time this weekend, had to wait until I had 500 miles before using the FJ. The tongue weight was checked, 360# fully loaded. I drove 135 miles and filled up at the campground, 8 gallons, which according to my high school math is 17 mpg!! Not bad. The FJ does not have a tow/haul mode but the auto is 5 speed with overdrive and by downshifting to d4 going up hills gives you the same result. It handled the mountains fine and in d4 the engine did some braking going down the mountains, The specs say 17 city/20 highway so 17 towing is great.
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:25 PM   #23
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I want to buy a newer truck, 2009 /tacoma, V6 or should I get a V8 I want good gas milage, I have a 16 ft Scamp with lots of junk!
The cyl Taco should handle the Scamp without any issues, try to get the towing package.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:39 PM   #24
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17 mph is not bad. We got 13 mph with the 4.0 TJ Jeep Wrangler towing a loaded 16' Scamp on our recent San Diego / Moab run. With a V8 I'd bet we would still get 13! The flat windshield and grill kills the highway mileage.
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:14 AM   #25
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Getting the city rated MPG is not bad for towing. My 4.7L V8 Tundra is rated 15/19, and I get about 15 towing between 62-65mph.
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As a side note, I find towing with the double axle keeps things inside "put" in that I left my cup of coffee on the floor by the door when I put the step up, it was still there unscathed.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:21 AM   #27
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Jim.
Really like your choice of TV. Have had mine for over a year now and every time I sit down inside it, I still cannot believe how much I like to drive it.

With respect to towing the Escape 19, how is the visibility out of your side mirrors when you tow? Are you going to require extensions to your mirrors to see behind you?

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Really like your choice of TV. Have had mine for over a year now and every time I sit down inside it, I still cannot believe how much I like to drive it.

With respect to towing the Escape 19, how is the visibility out of your side mirrors when you tow? Are you going to require extensions to your mirrors to see behind you?

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I see fine down the sides, never could see the back of any trailer I've owned. The 2012 FJ has the backup camera in the spare tire cover and I can see the hitch ball now. Takes all the fun out of guessing anymore while hooking up.
All in all, quite pleased with the switch from the Liberty to the FJ. Have to figure out how to mount the spare on roof now so that I can get the dogs in/out the back.
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