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Old 05-10-2011, 11:47 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'd love to know more about that stuff, not the most mechanically inclined person, mostly because I didn't grow up around people who worked on cars/trucks. It was always just bring it to the shop when something went wrong. The warranty being voided is what my worry would be.
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Old 05-16-2011, 12:03 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I have an 09 Equator Crew Cab sport (not RMZ). I just recently installed a Cold Air Intake and Throttle Body Spacer (both by Airaid). I immediately saw a difference in power and fuel economy. I am now getting about 21.5mpg on highway and close to 18 in city.

Another worthwhile upgrade was replacing the stock 17" rims with lighter 17's.

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Old 05-19-2011, 08:50 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I picked up my new 2011 Equator last week, I didn't check millage on the first tank, but on the second tank I got 21.5 mpg. I'm hoping it will inprove to >24 after engine break in. If I were getting only 13 mpg I'd be taking it back to the dealer and complaining loudly.
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Hi Lucky, are we talking about the same truck? I have a crew cab four wheel drive.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:15 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Parttime, my truck is an extended cab sport model with 4 wheel drive, 4.0L V6 engine and 5 speed automatic transmission. Most of my driving is back and forth to work, 50 miles each way, no major highways, mostly 2 lane county back roads with a little stop and go city driving as well. My nephew got me interested in buying this truck; he has a 2011 equator RMZ model with 4 wheel drive, 4.0L engine and 5 speed automatic transmission. He claims to be getting 20 mpg with just local driving.
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wow lucky, about a five mpg swing.

Gecko, what were you getting before the mods?
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I had an increase of about 2 -2.5 mpg after the upgrades. I am currently trying to find an exhaust system that is a direct fit to further the output of the engine.
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gecko, that's a pretty good jump. Your truck looks good.
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I'm glad to hear the Equator is now coming with a long bed. It also looks like the newer ones get better mpg? My 09 RMZ4 Sport Crew Cab with V6 4WD is starting to get near 20 on the road. That's what it got last year. The winter was brutal here in Northern Indiana/SW Michigan, so I always expect the mpg to go down during that time. Also it runs much smoother, neither my equator or 09 SX4 seem to do well in the winter, almost feels like I'm killing them at times, from the sounds of the engines. Overall it's getting what the sticker and websites said it would, so can't complain.
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Old 06-05-2011, 10:45 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Gecko, I'm not sure what you are trying to do. By doing all these mods to increase the power from the Equator, you are just going to burn more fuel, not less. On my seventh tank of fuel, my Equator (completly stock) just got 22 mpg. I fully expect it to be getting >24mpg when the engine is fully broken in. I have seen this same kind of millage increase after engine breakin on other vehicles I have owned.
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