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The Tundra’s 5 Year Ownership Costs Are Top Notch, But You Can Save More

The Toyota Tundra is arguably the best truck on the market. It’s combination of power, resale value, safety, reliability, and comfort place it at the top of the heap. In fact, the Tundra’s 5 year ownership cost figures are excellent. From

Tundra five year ownership costs

Five year ownership cost figures from show the Tundra is a great deal.

Still, the Tundra isn’t exactly cheap, is it? When you breakdown the five year ownership cost figure, you find that a big chunk of it (about $17,000) is fuel.

Therefore, if you want to save money, one of the smartest things you can do is cut your fuel use. Here are some simple, sure-fire ways to reduce the amount of fuel you buy.

Fuel Doctor Initial Test Results

>> Be sure to check our official Fuel Doctor review post to see if it really works!

Guest Post By Toby of Tundra Fuel Economy blog.

March 15th, 2011 – Prior to installation of the Fuel Doctor I was averaging 14.5 Miles Per Gallon for each tank of fuel. These numbers were firmly established over a period of several months. At the time of the commencement of testing I was refueling at one-quarter of a tank of fuel driving the same route seven days a week with unvarying weather and traffic conditions. In order to maintain consistent test conditions I used cruise control to and from work.

Punching Numbers Fuel Doctor Testing

Punching Numbers - Fuel Doctor Testing

Immediately upon installation of the Fuel Doctor I recorded an increase of a little more than one and a half miles per gallon. The average per tank miles went from 14.5 MPG to 16.1 MPG – garnering an improvement of nearly ten percent. This improvement was phenomenal, but I viewed it with caution and reservation.

Fuel Doctor Review – Does it Work?

This week we’ll be reviewing the Fuel Doctor, a fuel saving device that I encountered at the 2010 SEMA show last November.

Conducting this review will be Toby K, who runs his own Tundra Fuel Economy blog where he writes about fuel saving devices. Over each of the next five days, you’ll read a post from Toby describing his testing process. At the end, you’ll learn the following:

Fuel Doctor Review

A close-up of the Fuel Doctor, a "electrical system conditioner" that plugs into your vehicle's cigarette lighter.

The Fuel Doctor really worksor at least it did for this specific test.

The Fuel Doctor touts something called “electronic signal conditioning,” and according to their Chief Technical Officer Doug Hungerford, the Fuel Doctor can improve fuel economy in the right circumstances. According to our admittedly small test, it does. Here’s the whole story:

Fuel Doctor Review – Introduction and Test Procedure

>> Be sure to check our official Fuel Doctor review post to see if it really works!

Guest Post By Toby of Tundra Fuel Economy blog.

February 1, 2011 – From a very early age I can remember thinking and wondering about fuel economy. While yet still quite young I came to the conclusion that absent drastic change in fuel economy it would be rather likely that we would run out of petroleum in our lifetime. I spend a lot of time thinking about how to improve fuel economy and have tested many of my personal theories and inventions. I have also tested devices or products available for sale to the general public. Some of these devices have worked while others have only served to lighten my wallet. I take nothing for granted and have found in a few instances that the general consensus is off base or completely wrong. I am a hands-on kind of guy and most of what I write about is based on my personal observations and testing.


Toby the Fuel Doctor tester next to his 2004 Tundra

When Jason contacted me asking if I would be interested in testing the Fuel Doctor for and writing a review of the device, I was eager to get started. I must admit to a fair degree of skepticism after reading both how this device is purported operate and in the gains claimed. I know from personal experience that a 10% gain in fuel economy is an impressive improvement. Even so, I will test the Fuel Doctor in as scientific a manner as possible using a Scanguage II and the old reliable pen, paper, and calculator.