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728 Miles/Tank On My Trusty '98 Toyota Camry

May 6, 2008 about Toyota Camry

On my trip back down to the lower 48 from Alaska, I fully fueled in Whitehorse, Yukon and ran out of gas 15km North of Kitwanga, BC because of lack of gas stations along the way. The trip meter showed 728 miles, and I was getting nearly 40MPG. The gas tank capacity is 18.5 gals. I was rescued shorty by some mushroom pickers to the closest town, Kitwanga. I told the story to the gas station, and they lent me a gas can with a gallon of gas in it for free. A few minutes later, I hitched a ride on a semi going north back to my vehicle. Anyway, the first nation people in Kitwanga and rural/remote Canadians are some of the friendliest people I've encountered. On a side note, my car made it from the lower 48 to as far as you can drive North in Alaska (Prudoe bay oil fields) and back...no problems whatsoever...Thank you Toyota!

K.A., Oregon

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May 8, 2008 by Mikey

how come your camry did 40mpg? how fast were you going? When my camry was new, my dad treated this with zmax for the first couple years we owned it, and taking a few trips doing a slow speed of 65mph we pulled off 35-38mpg avg. Now, my car is lucky to get 30mpg on the highway, it avgs 29 now, and makes me sad :(

May 23, 2008 by K.A.

How I get 40MPG (highway) on this particular camry: (1) fuel up with 100% reg (87 octane) gasoline (no ethanol) ...just 10% ethanol in the gas mix lowers my mileage 20%. Cross state lines if you have to. Best gas I ever fueled up with was in Canada...but at $4.50+/gal. (2) use specific spark plugs from your toyota dealer ($45 ouch) and change them every 50K miles. (3) always use 5W30 motor oil (recommended on filler cap), and change every 3,750 miles. (4) keep up on the maintenance schedule...change the air filter, transmission oil, etc. (4) I use redline fuel treatment for upper cylinder lubrication and fuel cleaning ($5 to treat 100 gallons.) (5) drive no faster than 55 to 60 mph. Fuel economy seems to drop off after 100 kmh (62.5 mph) (probably designed that way because Japan uses the metric system.) I've gotten the best mileage driving just 50mph on a deserted highway.

May 27, 2008 by tom

you shouldn't change transmission fluid

June 23, 2008 by Boomer

I've not yet run my 98/4-banger completely out of gas; but have gone close to 30 miles in city after light came on. Best mpg I ever got (133,000 on it at the time) was 38mpg on a tank cruising at 70-75mph (w/AC) on I-80 from CA across NV to watch Speedweek at Bonneville Saltflats. Took the poor thing out on the salt a couple days (5 miles across salt and some 8" water just to get to where the races start). Spent the evenings of the next 3 weeks trying to get all of the salt off of, and out from under, it. Lots of surface rust on the underside now, and one of the rear alignment bolts is seized up; but, I'd do it again in a heartbeat! Little beast continues to run great at 141,000. It's replacement (whenever it decides to die) will be a hybrid.

July 21, 2009 by Dan

Second the not changing tranny fluid- too many things can go wrong.

August 23, 2009 by What

why do people think they shouldn't change trans fluid At 5000 I change everything to Amsoil oil power stering trans brake fluid every brake I get a new Camry every 5 years use the old one for work I chande my oil every 10000 miles Bosch filters 240000 on old camry

April 1, 2013 by Rajnish

There are several tghins that can attribute to lower fuel mileage.First off, if the check engine light is on you will need to scan the codes and make any repair needed.Some tghins that can effect fuel mileage.1) low tire pressure2) dirty air filter3) colder outside temperatures4) more aggressive driving( like letting your teen drive it)5) Fuel quality6) more city driving instead of highway

April 1, 2013 by Rajnish

There are several tghins that can attribute to lower fuel mileage.First off, if the check engine light is on you will need to scan the codes and make any repair needed.Some tghins that can effect fuel mileage.1) low tire pressure2) dirty air filter3) colder outside temperatures4) more aggressive driving( like letting your teen drive it)5) Fuel quality6) more city driving instead of highway

April 1, 2013 by Rajnish

There are several tghins that can attribute to lower fuel mileage.First off, if the check engine light is on you will need to scan the codes and make any repair needed.Some tghins that can effect fuel mileage.1) low tire pressure2) dirty air filter3) colder outside temperatures4) more aggressive driving( like letting your teen drive it)5) Fuel quality6) more city driving instead of highway

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