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post #1 of 25 Old Jan 11th, 2010, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Angry 1996 NISSAN KING CAB 4X4 BRUTAL FUEL ECONOMY

I am looking for some feedback from owners of same vehicle. I have a 1996 Nissan extenda cab SE 4x4 with 3.0 l engine and auto transmission. the truck has 120000km on the clock. I have installed Amsoil syn lubricants in the engine, differentials, transfer case. I have installed new plugs. This truck gets 9mpg in town and on the highway it gets 15-16mpg. It starts and runs beautifully, but is simply atrocious in fuel. I also installed a K/N air filter. I shudder to think what it would be like for economy without these changes. I have tried to get info on this truck but not a great amount available. If you owne done of these in the past or present my question to you is: Were they all pigs on gas? Or is mine the king of the Hogs? Timing is bang on, by the way and the O2 sensor checked out OK... Love the truck but hate the economy.
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post #2 of 25 Old Jan 11th, 2010, 05:26 PM
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read the codes

they are not known for there economy...

reduce your weight ,heat and tire width..

check brakes for dragging..
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post #3 of 25 Old Jan 12th, 2010, 06:37 PM
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My hardbody is a '95 VG30e, 3.0 liter 6 but I have 5 speed manual. I consistently get 22-23mpg on the highway until I hit the turnpike and start driving 80-85 mph ( then it drops to about 17). I don't know what my city mileage is, I only check when I'm road tripping to Texas.

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post #4 of 25 Old Jan 13th, 2010, 09:47 AM
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might have a injector (or 2) stuck open and dumping fuel.. can you smell gas?
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post #5 of 25 Old Jan 14th, 2010, 01:07 AM
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Take those monster truck tires off!
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post #6 of 25 Old Jan 17th, 2010, 07:13 PM
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I have a 94 V6 4x4 with the manual tranny and beetween the stock size tires and one size larger it's the same on fuel. About 10 in the city and 15 on the freeway at best! That's about as good as it gets...
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post #7 of 25 Old Jan 17th, 2010, 07:47 PM
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Hey man, if it's any consolation, the fuel economy of my '97 4 cylinder 4WD...SUCKS ! And I drive very conservatively. No jack-rabbit starts, no red line in every gear...that kinda' thing.

At least you got 6 cylinders.
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post #8 of 25 Old Jan 17th, 2010, 08:40 PM
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read the codes willy...
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post #9 of 25 Old Jan 17th, 2010, 09:52 PM
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Hell i'm running a cam, headers, hi flow cat, 2.25" catback, 15 degree ignition timing, and 3 degree advance on my cam and I'm getting 20-21 combo miles.....on my 337,000 mile Z24i 4 cyl.....
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post #10 of 25 Old Jan 20th, 2010, 03:35 AM
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I'm not complaining or anything. I've owned this truck for 10 years and still love it just as much now as I did back then! My grandfather bought it brand new, so when I bought it from him I asked what kind of mileage to expect and he told me he got around 16 to 17mpg. What's funny is my wife's car gets around 36 miles to the gallon and I'd rather drive the truck any day of the week!!! Hey zanegrey, is there a way to check the codes without taking it into a shop? I'd like to double check on a couple other things.
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post #12 of 25 Old Jan 20th, 2010, 12:21 PM
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the top of this hb forum is a sticky
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post #13 of 25 Old Jan 24th, 2010, 02:05 PM
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Im getting 6 Mpg so dont feel bad... Im thinking its because my thermostat is stuck open... Gotta get that replaced.
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post #14 of 25 Old Jan 24th, 2010, 02:17 PM
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there is no way a sticky thermostat is causing the vehicle to get 6 miles to the gallon..

did u read the codes ?
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post #15 of 25 Old Jan 24th, 2010, 02:38 PM
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Doesn't there have to be a check engine light on for there to be codes. Either way im gunna run out and check it out right now. Thank! BTW- Can you send me the pic of that center console? Mine is trash and I am still interested in yours.
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