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My 2000 Nissan Xterra 3.3L V6

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Old 06-27-2008, 12:43 PM
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My 2000 Nissan Xterra 3.3L V6

Now I know its not the most fuel efficient vehicle out there but its ok because I like to drive it, its fun to me and thats all the matters right lol... But the gas prices are going up and I can only mod it so much before I cant get any better MPG...

So here is my story.. It started out a year ago looking like this:


I was getting 300 miles until the gas light came on which was about 18ish MPG which seemed awesome to me...

I have spent a TON of money in this thing..
I have about 5" of so of lift, with some aprox 33" tires an my gas millage DROPPED!! I was getting around 15mpg freeway!!! So it was time to mod, so here is a pic of what is looks like now:


So I was on my quest to get the best MPG possible. So I did the following:
K&N FIPK
Throttle Body Spacer
Nismo Cat-Back Exhaust
Electric Fan Conversion
Transmission Cooler
Converted To Synthetic Oils

Currently I am still getting 300 miles per tank but adjust that number because of the tire side and I am getting about 20.625 MILES PER GALLON!!! Which is BETTER than when I first bought it!!

This weekend I am getting rid of my catalitic converters and installing straight pipes, then I plan on ordering an intake manifold spacer. I would like to bore out my throttle body and add headers to but I am just not sure yet, because that is like $1000 for both of those!! But I do have a few other ticks up my sleeve to try to improve the MPG...

But I just wanted to come and show you guys my car, let me know what you think and if you can think of any more mods I can do to improve my MPG...

Hope to become a more active member, see you guys around
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Re: My 2000 Nissan Xterra 3.3L V6

There is no way of getting around pushing those 33" tires though and the huge drag created from that lift. Although 20 mpg from that beast is still quite good
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Re: My 2000 Nissan Xterra 3.3L V6

Removing the catalytic converters:
- won't save you any gas. The car is designed with them in place. That idea is left over from the 70's when cars were designed without them.
- will cost you money for the change
- might cost you tickets or fines
- will increase the pollution your car puts out

Why do it? You can get lots of mileage improvement by changing your driving, and not your car. My civic below is stock. See what it's capable of.
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Re: My 2000 Nissan Xterra 3.3L V6

I have the same vehicle except Black. Bring the tires and wheels back to stock if you want to increase your gas mileage. It may be fun and look cool but at some point your going to have to justify it with the current gas prices.

I can get 25-26 mpg just by slowing down.

(I have a man. transmission) I noticed you took the mudflaps off which was a good thing they hamper your FE (I'm sure you took them off because they just get broken while off-roading/rock crawling).

Read theBeating the EPA thread that is the best place to start changing your driving habits.
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Re: My 2000 Nissan Xterra 3.3L V6

I am removing my catalytic converters because they are restrictive.. Same reason installing a mandrel bent cat-back improved my MPG.. Its really simple, better flow more power/mpg.. Think of it like a water hose, stick a giant filter in there or some kinks and its gonna slow the water down, my exhaust will be free flowing... the other way to look at it is, removing it will create more HP/TQ and then I wont have to push the skinny pedal down as far to get to speed..

Plus I cant change my driving habbits much more, I already keep it below 2500rmp, any slower and its like a snail crawl.. Then on the freeway I drive at 55 which converted due to the tire size is aprox 60mpg, and my RPM is at 3000rmp...

It also wont cost me a think because I can turn around and sell my catalytic converters to a scrap yard and make back the money it cost me for the pipes, plus I work on it myself so I dont pay for labor..

I will also sounds ALOT better..

I just dont see how you are getting 60+mpg with a stock 96 civic, I guess that is why I am here, to learn
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Re: My 2000 Nissan Xterra 3.3L V6

Dude- Don't even think of taking the catalytic converter off. It'll kill your MPG.


Why would you go through all that hassle and money to mode your machine, when we are all achieving 125% - 250% of EPA with 100% stock cars.


Spend $150 on a Scanguage and try DWL - you'll easily break 25 MPG
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Re: My 2000 Nissan Xterra 3.3L V6

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I have the same vehicle except Black. Bring the tires and wheels back to stock if you want to increase your gas mileage. It may be fun and look cool but at some point your going to have to justify it with the current gas prices.

I can get 25-26 mpg just by slowing down.

(I have a man. transmission) I noticed you took the mudflaps off which was a good thing they hamper your FE (I'm sure you took them off because they just get broken while off-roading/rock crawling).

Read theBeating the EPA thread that is the best place to start changing your driving habits.
yeah I had to take them off when the bigger tires when on, they no longer fit..
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Re: My 2000 Nissan Xterra 3.3L V6

I guess I have said it wong, I wasnt really thinking when I originally posted, I was just typing really fast.. They are Cali emission converters. I dont need 4 of them on my Xterra.. I am taking 2 of them off and straight pipes which SHOULD of been on there originally!! I dont live in Cali, why do I need to live by their standards??
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Re: My 2000 Nissan Xterra 3.3L V6

Think of it this way: the intake and exhaust are sized for full-throttle high-rpm airflow. Anything less and the restriction is minimal.
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Re: My 2000 Nissan Xterra 3.3L V6

I dont agree, I have gas receipts that prove it.. tell my why my MPG went up when I upgraded my intake and exhaust system then.. If what comes stock is perfect then tell my why I am getting better MPG and power after my lift kit and bigger tires, my driving habits have not changed...
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