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Realworld experiences with 4.6L

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by cmed426, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Jun 10, 2019 at 8:38 PM
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    cmed426

    cmed426 [OP] New Member

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    Anyone own/ operate 4.6L tundra? I’m looking for real world, everyday experiences with gas mileage, towing, payload, etc.

    Trucks with these engines are more common in the SR and SR5 trims/ trucks I’m looking at.

    Thanks
     
  2. Jun 11, 2019 at 12:28 AM
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    RLHOK

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    My 2013 had the 4.6, good engine, but I regretted not getting the 5.7, gas mileage is the same or pretty damn close, and when you need to pass theres a lot more power..and grins.

    The 4.6 is a good engine don't get me wrong, but the 5.7 has more grins per foot stomp.
     
  3. Jun 11, 2019 at 4:42 AM
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    Wait for the 3.5 electric ! lol
     
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  4. Jun 11, 2019 at 4:45 AM
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    TokerJoker If it's worth trying, try it!

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    None.....yet
    ^^^Ditto^^^
     
  5. Jun 11, 2019 at 4:50 AM
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    My 13 is a 4.6. No issues at all.
     
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  6. Jun 11, 2019 at 5:08 AM
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    cmed426

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    What is the 4.6 like towing?
     
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  7. Jun 11, 2019 at 5:10 AM
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    cmed426

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    Reason why I ask is I’m trying to figure out if I hold for a 5.7 crew max that will seat 6. They are almost impossible to find. The 4.6 is a lot easier to find with the configuration I’m looking at.
     
  8. Jun 11, 2019 at 5:13 AM
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    TundraMcGov.

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    Both recently well documented "Million Mile Tundra" trucks were the 4.6L's big brother: the 4.7L.

    YMMV.
     
  9. Jun 11, 2019 at 6:02 AM
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    The 4.6 is far more similar to the 5.7, not the 4.7, which is a completely different engine.

    I drove a 4.6 for one year before trading it for my 5.7

    In hindsight it was a stupid move. The 5.7 has a ton more power, but i should have just been content. The 4.6 with this 6 speed trans is still a hell of a lot faster than the 4.7 was. It only got 1 mpg better than the 5.7 which was a little lame. Towing was fine. I pulled 6000 and 6500 lb trailers a few times for long distance without any hesitation.

    My only gripe with the 4.6 was the 4.10 gears. I do all city driving, and I swear 4.10 is just high enough that the trans shifts out of overdive constantly, where as with the 4.30 i now have, it holds the gear.
     
  10. Jun 11, 2019 at 6:12 AM
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    Yes and basically both trucks had no major overhauls except for regular maintenance. I know both trucks were used as hot shot trucks. Each being loaded down at or beyond their payload and towing capacities, according to the owners. Among tear down of the vehicles, the first million mile tundra did not really show signs of wear you would typically expect from a truck with that much use and abuse. I know either engine/ power train would be absolutely bulletproof.
     
  11. Jun 11, 2019 at 6:16 AM
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    I’ve had my 4.6 for a year and a half and have no regrets. I use it to tow a 7x14 enclosed trailer pretty often. I’m always hauling motorcycles around to the race track. Payload is the same as my buddy’s 5.7 just the towing is less. Gas mileage I’m averaging right at 16.5 so I’d say the window sticker is accurate there.

    I bought mine certified with 42k miles. I noticed the cam tower leak shortly after and my dealer fixed both sides. I just broke 65k miles and have no other problems to report. Love my Tundra and am planning on keeping it for 10 years or more.

    No issues towing this through the hills of PA. I added a Prodigy P3 brake controller. It’s loaded with 3 full size MX bikes in the trailer and 2 smaller pit bikes in the bed. We had 4 people in the cab plus all of our luggage, tools, fuel, and gear. The truck did fine.

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  12. Jun 11, 2019 at 6:22 AM
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    Has anyone replaced their 4.7 in a 1st gen Tundra with the 4.6?
     
  13. Jun 11, 2019 at 6:41 AM
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    As far as I can tell from looking at the specs, the 4.6 is just a de-stroked 5.7. This would be consistent with Toyota's approach around simplicity and using common architecture, etc...
     
  14. Jun 11, 2019 at 7:46 AM
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    I have had my 2011 4.6 for a year now. No problems engine or tranny wise. Actually no problems at all. I get anywhere from 10 mpg to 18. My average is between 13 and 14 mpg. Have the Prodogy 2 was in the truck when I bought it. Haven't towed anything with it yet.
     
  15. Jun 11, 2019 at 8:32 AM
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    They are two completely different engines and the 4.6 would have to come with the transmission as well. It is likely that the 4.6 is wider than the 4.7 since it is externally the same size as the 5.7.

    Dan
     
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    I have the 4.6 in my 2019. No problems at all so far. Great getting around town. Averaging 16mpg so far. Have not towed with it yet but looking at a smaller travel trailer in the near future. Would agree in regards to the 4.10 gears. It will downshift on the hwy when I don't think it needs to.
     
  17. Jun 11, 2019 at 9:05 AM
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    That would be my one complaint unless you’re on the highway going 70. It downshifts to 5th more than the 5.7 does.
     
  18. Jun 11, 2019 at 9:13 AM
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    i haven't had any problems with my 2016 4.6 ive towed a Ford actually lol pulls great get the job done and added 30 bags of 90 pounds of cement and still pulls nice
    i dont regret it and plan on keeping it untilTUNDRASR55.jpg it gives out
     
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  19. Jun 11, 2019 at 6:12 PM
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    rebmo

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    I have a 2010 (built in 2009) 4.6L SR5 DC that I've had since 2012 and it's served me well. I'm pretty stock with no lift or big wheels. I run the michelins on my summer & winter wheels and they are nice an quiet with decent winter traction. I tow a snowmobile trailer and a 17' Lund fishing boat. When I bought it it was a couple grand cheaper than the 5.7Ls which I also really like and respect. It was also during high gas prices and there was a pretty good stock of used Tundras to pick from. This one was in nice shape and still had some warranty left on it and was a CPO.

    I only use it about 5k mi a year so it pulls and hauls but not a daily driver. It still looks close to new.I also haul a lot of stuff to our rural home and it's been great for that. It's the full weight Tundra so it pulls the trailers I pull with a great safety margin. I hear complaints about shifting but I put mine in tow mode and cruise and even tow at 75mph and don't seem to notice a lot of shifing. Huge hills it will drop down but otherwise it's smooth. Mine has the towing package(must for towing IMO) and winter package (heavy battery and alternator). The battery lasted 9 years. We take many trips up to the U.P. from SE WI and it's a great ride and hauler (again for the 3-4000 lb trailers and gear we haul). If you do pull with the 4.6L I'd recommend finding one with the towing package for the Tranny cooler, gauges, tow mode, and electric brake connection (my boat has electric and surge controlled hydraulic brakes).

    For loads <5k lbs its better than a Tacoma does a great job IMO , but anything heavier, go 5.7L all the way and keep a nice safety margin. I don't track mileage but I know its a truck and it sucks gas and live with that. My DD is a Avalon Hybrid so I'd forget where the gas station is if I didn't have my Tundra.
     
  20. Jul 12, 2019 at 8:18 AM
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    my 2010 dc is a 4.6 and i average 17.5 mpg. that is 2wd
     

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