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Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: Microman
Date: December 02, 2021 12:20PM
I am going to drive to Oregon from Southern California in the Toyota Sienna van that has 137,000 miles. It has good tires. Having them rotated and balanced now. Had to have Allen tire turn off the tire light by pushing the button under dash and having light blink 3 times. American tire doesn’t know that???? The car has only been driven 4,000 miles the last 2 years. I buy all my gas at Costco. And this vehicle with its 6 cylinder and weight doesn’t get the best gas mileage.

2 questions:

1. What others things should I check before leaving on the road

2. Would it be ok and or safe to carry a large gas can /plastic in the vehicle to assure I make it from gas station to gas station?
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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: Gareth
Date: December 02, 2021 12:24PM
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2. Would it be ok and or safe to carry a large gas can /plastic in the vehicle to assure I make it from gas station to gas station?

NO!!! Are you driving on less traveled roads? If you're going up the 5, you're not going to have issues finding gas.
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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: December 02, 2021 12:34PM
Wash and wax the car. Make sure you remove any non-aerodynamic stuff (like junk on the roof rack you don't need) off the van. Reduce weight in the vehicle.. no junk in the trunk. Make sure the tires are at proper operating pressure. Make sure the engine oil is clean and reasonably fresh. Make sure the transmission fluid is reasonably clean. When was it last flushed and refilled ? Make sure the engine air cleaner is tidy. Replace if it looks dirty.

You can carry a jerry-can in your vehicle provided it's placed inside a plastic tote to catch any possible spills. BUT.. it will smell. It does reduce your safety. I don't recommend it. My Mom spilled a gas can in her Subaru. I inherited the car, and the smell, even after aggressive cleaning, still bothers me.


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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: modelamac
Date: December 02, 2021 12:35PM
Check radiator fluid level, brake fluid level, brakes, washer fluid, wiper blades. Check for burned out lightbulbs. Get an oil change.

Don't worry about gas. You will be stopping every 2-3 hours for food and to P. You can fill up then. Do not restrict your gas purchases to Costco for this trip. That is silly. Do NOT carry extra gas inside or outside the van. That is ok if you just drive to the nearest gas station for lawnmower gas but not for a high speed road trip, unless you are trying to prove Darwin's theory.



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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: December 02, 2021 12:39PM
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Microman
I am going to drive to Oregon from Southern California in the Toyota Sienna van that has 137,000 miles. It has good tires. Having them rotated and balanced now. Had to have Allen tire turn off the tire light by pushing the button under dash and having light blink 3 times. American tire doesn’t know that???? The car has only been driven 4,000 miles the last 2 years. I buy all my gas at Costco. And this vehicle with its 6 cylinder and weight doesn’t get the best gas mileage.

2 questions:

1. What others things should I check before leaving on the road
A) All fluid levels: Oil, coolant, transmission fluid (see owner's manual for exact procedure), brake, and power steering. Top off any that are low with appropriate manufacturer's spec refills.

B) All tire pressures, including the spare, while cold. Yes they should have checked this during the rotate & balance, but it never hurts to double-check plus tire places don't usually check the spare's inflation unless specifically asked to.

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2. Would it be ok and or safe to carry a large gas can /plastic in the vehicle to assure I make it from gas station to gas station?
It should be okay, but gas cans are vented so you'll probably get a whiff of gas now and again. Open windows will help. Also plastic gas cans don't usually seal all that well around their lids or breather holes, so putting it in a tray with a rim, a large pan, or something similar to catch any spills or drips will help protect your carpet... just in case.



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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: Gareth
Date: December 02, 2021 12:46PM
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Do not restrict your gas purchases to Costco for this trip. That is silly.

And probably impossible to actually accomplish.
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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: December 02, 2021 12:57PM
Is it too late to have alignment checked while it's at the tire store?

Edit: Some full service tire chains have a trip checklist that will cover all fluids and lights.



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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: Speedy
Date: December 02, 2021 01:00PM
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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 02, 2021 01:12PM
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NO!!! Are you driving on less traveled roads? If you're going up the 5, you're not going to have issues finding gas.

this times 100.

There should be a Costco at good intervals too. Gas in Kettleman, gas in woodland (costco)





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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: lost in space
Date: December 02, 2021 01:14PM
You can easily spend enough in preparation to offset any savings in fuel costs. But maybe you're more concerned with getting to the next fuel stop. I've driven from So Cal to WA--though not in one trip--using smaller freeways like 101 and had no problem finding gas but not at Costcos. You can probably expect about 24 MPG in your Sienna if you keep your speeds down. Even an extra 5 MPH can make a considerable difference.



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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: pqrst
Date: December 02, 2021 01:16PM
I would add a harbor freight tire pump , battery jumper pack. Not only is it convenient to use for jumping a dead battery but the tire pump and usb output are useful in more isolated stretches of roads. Even with AAA road side service, it can take hours to someone to your location.
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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: December 02, 2021 01:28PM
That isn't a particularly long drive. 12-14hrs ish. Easy one day drive each way. I wouldn't do anything other than regular maintenance if it would be due up when traveling.



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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: wave rider
Date: December 02, 2021 02:12PM
Does the Sienna have the V6 that needs the camshaft belt that should be changed every 65K miles? At 137K, you might be due…



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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: davester
Date: December 02, 2021 02:35PM
Not sure what you're worried about. 137k miles is not particularly high mileage for modern vehicles and Oregon to So Cal is not that long a drive. The only exception might be if you haven't been maintaining it properly, especially in regards to the required 60k mile timing belt changes. Heck, I've done much longer road trips in our Mercedes SUV with 250k on the clock. Do heed the advice about the roof rack and rooftop luggage though...those things kill gas mileage. Also, restricting yourself to Costco gas on a road trip is plain silly.



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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: Microman
Date: December 02, 2021 03:09PM
Great advice, no gas inside vehicle
Not all gas to be purchased from a Costco

Bought this van from neighbor and she had engine replaced just after warranty went out to cover the TSB, technical service bulletin. And will try to keep at a legal speed or lower, say 60-65. I am actually having another car (Honda), follow along , as we are moving granddaughter back down with her 1 and 1/2 yr old and her 5 day old. So other car can be a safe environment for car sears and such and van can be for granddaughters personal items
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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 02, 2021 04:31PM
Speed limit is 70 on most of 5. =)

Agreed its a simple trip, But its a looooong trip if you are going all the way to Portland. (I didn't see where in OR) plenty of great places to stop. Have made the trip from LB (Go jackrabbits!) to Sac about 10000000 times.

Just over grapevine there's a huge outlet/gas food place. Kettlman city is the halfway point between LB and Sacramento. Dont stop in Stockton or Sacramento, there's nothing. Go to Woodland, there's a strip with Costco/gas.

We have made the trip from Sac to Grants pass a ton of times as well, but only Portland a few times.

you didn't say what part of OR, but after Sac, its about 4 hours to Phoenix, some good stops, about the halfway mark to Portland. Grants pass is fine too, but meh. No stops in Salem.

Again Depends on your end destination.

Sounds like some story to be moving with 3 small ones and a single(?) mom...





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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: December 02, 2021 04:38PM
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Speed limit is 70 on most of 5. =)

Agreed its a simple trip, But its a looooong trip if you are going all the way to Portland. (I didn't see where in OR) plenty of great places to stop. Have made the trip from LB (Go jackrabbits!) to Sac about 10000000 times.

Just over grapevine there's a huge outlet/gas food place. Kettlman city is the halfway point between LB and Sacramento. Dont stop in Stockton or Sacramento, there's nothing. Go to Woodland, there's a strip with Costco/gas.

We have made the trip from Sac to Grants pass a ton of times as well, but only Portland a few times.

you didn't say what part of OR, but after Sac, its about 4 hours to Phoenix, some good stops, about the halfway mark to Portland. Grants pass is fine too, but meh. No stops in Salem.

Again Depends on your end destination.

Sounds like some story to be moving with 3 small ones and a single(?) mom...

Think it's 2 little ones, 1-1/2 and 5 days.
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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: Pat
Date: December 02, 2021 05:13PM
I don't go beyond Kettleman City, but several sections of the 5 between the 5/99 split and Kettleman City have some pretty nasty potholes.

The temp southbound lanes in the construction zone south of Kettleman are interesting. Probably less noticeable in a car, but coming back with no weight in my pickup coupled with the long wheel base ensures both hands are on the wheel.

As jdc said, the speed limit is 70. The semis will be passing you at 60-65. Don't speed through Frazier Park/Lebec in either direction unless you enjoy chatting with CHP.
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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: Buzz
Date: December 02, 2021 05:35PM
Hopefully you have cruise control, that will help keep your gas mileage up.
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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: Racer X
Date: December 02, 2021 09:43PM
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Hopefully you have cruise control, that will help keep your gas mileage up.
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The number of people in vehicles that likely HAVE cruise control and obviously aren't using it are astounding.



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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: space-time
Date: December 02, 2021 09:50PM
1998? Check belts and hoses, maybe timing belt if this car has one.



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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: space-time
Date: December 02, 2021 09:56PM
with her 1 and 1/2 yr old and her 5 day old.

Never mind, I just realized it’s 2 kids, not 3. I see someone else made the same error.



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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: Rolando
Date: December 02, 2021 10:21PM
There is an app called GasBuddy. Gas is usually a little cheaper a little away from the Interstate.



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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: December 02, 2021 10:24PM
I-5 is faster. Hwy 99 is less mind numbingly boring. Slightly...
You won't have any trouble getting gas along either route.
Just get gas when you hit 1/4 tank.

I'd suggest staying out of the Bay Area, and going through Sacramento instead.

If you're heading for the Oregon Coast, 101 is the best route. Come over Hwy 20 from I-5/Hwy 99, then up 101 to Oregon.
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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: December 03, 2021 11:01AM
One thing I remembered... there can be snow/ice on I-5 on the passes through Southern Oregon any time the temperature is below 40°F in cities like Medford or Grants Pass.

Oregon supposedly requires you to carry chains, or have ice/snow rated traction tires year round. You will usually only get ticketed if you are causing a hazard like being stopped/spun-out on the shoulder.

The 10 day forecast on WUnderground says it should stay above freezing until 12/9.



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Re: Gas usage/mileage from Long Beach, Ca to Oregon in 98 Toyota Sienna Van
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 03, 2021 11:46AM
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Buzz
Hopefully you have cruise control, that will help keep your gas mileage up.
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Im always on mine -- even use my cruise control on surface streets.

But had to turn off the "adaptive" part, it just makes me go fast and slow fast and slow fast and slow based on whatever moron is in front of me doing the same. Its great for the rare times I might sit in bumper to bumper traffic, but any other time its kind of a PITA





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